From efforts to ‘green’ the Quaker Centre more than a decade ago, through to offering a monthly Climate Vigil with a simple bread and soup supper (until scuppered by the pandemic), MK Quakers have been active in ways spiritual, practical and political.
Lobbying for “Climate Income”
Recently, our main focus has been promoting the approach known as Climate Income (Carbon Fee & Dividend). This appeals, because it focuses on the central issue of carbon use, is extremely simple, aligns with our equality testimony, and is highly inclusive – it will hugely assist every other environmental policy, and you do not have to be a committed greenie to welcome it!
The Friend of 7th January 2022 carried an article with personal reflections on a year of campaigning by MK Quaker, Rob Paton A Year of Climate Campaigning
This work is undertaken mainly through Citizens:MK, the local chapter whose commitment to relational campaigning is very Quakerly Citizens:MK Climate Income
We also draw on the help of Citizens Climate Lobby UK who are tireless advocates of Climate Income and provide up to date briefings on relevant policy developments.
In 2022 we hope to work with other local campaigns and to encourage other chapters of Citizens UK to take up the campaign. We welcome contact from others, whether Quakers or not, who are interested in our activities. Please email email@example.com who will forward as appropriate.
Hosting pilgrims on the way to UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021
The Quaker Centre welcomed a group of fifteen Camino to COP26 pilgrims walking to Glasgow in time for the climate change conference. They gave their time to speak to MK Quakers inspiringly about their reasons for undertaking this journey.
MK Friends from our weekly Craft Group embroidered squares for the Coat of Hopes which was worn during the journey. The squares for the coat were made by various faith groups and were added to it as the walkers for climate justice made their 500 mile journey up to Glasgow.
Their vision statement reads like this “We are united by our faith: a faith that we can advocate and influence and be the change that we want for our world. We choose to walk to COP26 as a practice of that faith, an act of connection with the earth on which we walk and the people with whom we walk and the communities through which we pass; and we make our way in kinship with the peoples and creatures of the earth who are suffering and displaced by climate and ecological breakdown. We do so peacefully and lawfully, ready to engage and learn, because we care and we have hope.” If you are inspired see Camino to Cop 26