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The Quaker Centre plays host to walkers on the Camino to COP 26 pilgrimage to the United Nations Climate Talks
We welcomed 15 of them to the Milton Keynes Quaker Centre over the weekend of 11-13 September 2021. Just under a week into their 500 mile pilgrimage, they gave Quakers the chance on the Saturday night to quiz them on their personal journeys as well as the pilgrimage. We wanted to know whether they had daily spiritual practices they shared together, whether they thought they would come back changed people, what messages they wanted to promote. They spoke engagingly in what was a wonderful and inspiring evening.
They spoke of the necessity to “feel the grief of climate justice first”, before someone can even start to make small changes. And of how we can all become activists, by taking steps to adapt our lifestyles, talking to others about the climate change crisis, and encouraging politicians to take action now. For audio of the full conversation please click here We saw the Coat of Hopes which some members of our Tuesday craft group have been embroidering squares for. This is worn by one of the walkers each day and is added to continually with squares stitched by people from the places they are passing through.
Please hold the Camino to COP26 walkers in the light and think of them as they continue on their important journey. To follow their progress go to https://caminotocop.com/
Supplies for Friends of Hlekweni needed by Mid September 2021!
Friends of Hlekweni, a charity supported by MK Quakers, are sending out a shipment of resources to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in the autumn.
- seed packets (beetroot, carrot, cabbage, squash, pumpkin especially)
- dictionaries (post 2010) for primary/secondary schools
- ‘educational’ toys for pre-school children
- wool for both Quaker knitters and the Bulawayo Help Network (supporting pensioners)
For futher details please go to the website Friends of Hlekweni
Rob Paton from MK Quaker Meeting: ‘It’s vital to secure the buy-in of those citizens who are struggling to keep their families fed and housed.’
Milton Keynes Quakers are celebrating their council’s decision to call on the government to consider the merits of introducing a ‘climate income’.
Milton Keynes council voted unanimously to support higher fossil fuel prices linked to compensating payments to all adults. The council will ask the government urgently to appraise how the idea of a ‘Carbon Fee and Dividend’ – already being implemented in Canada and Switzerland – could work in the UK.
The Carbon Fee and Dividend system imposes a carbon tax on the sale of fossil fuels, and then distributes the revenue of this tax over the entire population as a monthly income or regular payment.
The motion was requested by the climate campaign team of Citizens:mk, an alliance which includes Quakers.
Rob Paton, of Milton Keynes Meeting, told the Friend: ‘Under this arrangement, fuel levies are paid back to citizens at a flat rate – so the wealthiest who use fossil fuels the most pay the most, while the less well-off receive back more than the amount they pay in increased fuel prices.’
He added: ‘It’s vital to secure the buy-in of those citizens who are struggling to keep their families fed and housed, and who might otherwise become another generation of fuel tax protesters. Direct payments can secure their support in tackling the climate emergency.’
According to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, many climate scientists and economists believe that the policy is ‘the fairest and most effective way of getting to zero carbon’.
Catherine Butt, vicar of St Frideswide’s Church in Milton Keynes, said that the system ‘offers a way for us all to pay realistically for the carbon we use, and for us to share equally the income generated. We have a wonderful opportunity to pursue a policy that preserves our precious environment and also positively addresses poverty and inequality. In the year of COP26, it would be fantastic to see the UK commit to this approach’.
Rick Mutwarasibo, of Christ the Cornerstone Church and one of the Citizens:mk team, said: ‘Young people like me will bear the brunt of the impending disasters. You may think transitioning to renewable energy sources and retrofitting premises for carbon neutrality is expensive. But those costs are small compared to the costs of fire, flood, food shortages and rising sea levels. Climate Fee and Dividend will drive decarbonisation.’
Milton Keynes was one of the first councils to declare a climate emergency.
For more details go to Citizens Climate Lobby