Climate Crisis / COP26

Climate Crisis / COP26

Current News

Find out about COP 26. What is being negotiated? What can you do to take action? Watch this great YouTube video from a recent Quaker Peace and Social Witness Workshop.

Walk (part of the way) to COP 26. As part of the build-up to the UN climate talks (COP26) in Glasgow in November, several different pilgrimages are planned. At Bury St.Edmunds, we are planning to participate in one or more of these pilgrimages: please check this page and our main news section in the next week or two.

Local participation in the COP26 Pilgrimage

Quakers and Ecospirituality: grounded practice to meet the ecological crisis. A new online course from Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre running from the 16th August to the 10th October (cost £60 but financial support sometimes available). For further information and to book explore the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre website.

Green Fair. We really enjoyed participating in the Green Fair (see photo above) at the Apex organised by West Suffolk Hive. Our stunning display attracted plenty of interest and featured some beautiful panels from Loving Earth. Several members of our meeting are contributing to the Loving Earth global project and the results will be displayed at the COP 26 Conference.

Meeting House Garden

Pledge to Wild East. Our lovely meeting house garden (photo on the right) appears as pledge on the Wild East Map of Dreams. We have pledge half of the garden around the Meeting House to nature.

Find out more:
Search the Hive Eco Directory to find more about local Green organisations and businesses
Explore the work of British Quakers on Climate Change and Social Justice


Quakers and Climate Change

John Woolman’s words in 1772 sound as clearly to us now:
“The produce of the earth is a gift from our gracious creator to the inhabitants, and
to impoverish the earth now to support outward greatness appears to be an injury
to the succeeding age.” (Quaker faith & practice 25.01)

In 2011, at the annual gathering of Quakers in Britain (BYM) held in Canterbury, Quakers made a strong corporate commitment to become a low-carbon, sustainable community. This has become known as the Canterbury Commitment . Part of the minute reads ” A concern for the Earth and the well-being of all who dwell in it is not new, and we have not now received new information which calls us to act. Rather we are renewing our commitment to a sense of the unity of creation which has always been part of Friends’ testimonies. 

In 2013, Quakers were the first church in Britain to divest our centrally held funds from fossil fuels. In 2017, Quakers called for a ban on fracking. Much has been achieved in Bury St. Edmunds in developing a sustainable Meeting House and its garden and in personal and collective reflection and activity, We have a vibrant and active climate change and sustainability group. Much more needs to be done.

Today, the crisis is not just more imminent and more threatening; it is already taking huge toll in hunger, violent conflict, and the displacement of millions in vulnerable communities.   We have had a succession of scientific reports and warnings of increasing danger and too little action. Across all sectors of society there is a growing desire for regeneration of our land and society – a call to ‘Build Back Better’.  In the UK, we have the responsibility as host for the crucial UN COP 26 in November 2021″. Part of a minute of Bury St. Edmunds local Quaker meeting 2021.