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Earthcare Statements

At Yearly Meeting 2007, Quakers took a first step towards outlining an Australian Quaker commitment to 'walking softly over the Earth'. This was further discussed at Standing Committee in July 2007, and the authors were asked to bring a Statement on Earthcare which was accepted at Yearly Meeting 2008, as a statement of a Quaker commitment to caring for the Earth.

In 2019 the Australian Quaker Earthcare Committee issued the Quaker Earthcare Climate Emergency and Species Extinction Epistle.

Backhouse Lectures Related to Earthcare

2011 Lecture  - A demanding and uncertain adventure: Exploration of a concern for Earth restoration and how we must live to pass on to our children - and their children, and all living things - an Earth restored - by Rosemary (Rowe) Morrow

2000 Lecture - To Learn A New Song: A Quaker Contribution Towards Real Reconciliation with the Earth and its Peoples - by Susannah Kay Brindle - MP3 available here (5.34MB)

Other Resources

Earthcare Committee - The Australian Quaker Earthcare Committee currently publishes a quarterly newsletter inviting us all to pray, read, act, and celebrate Earthcare.

Earth Discussion Papers - These Discussion Papers were published by the Quaker Earthcare Committee in 2013 as part of a series exploring contemporary Quaker thinking on a range of critical environmental issues. The papers were written by a range of authors with expertise in the relevant area.

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) - A multi-faith network taking action on the most pressing issue of our time. In the face of ecological damage and social injustices, we affirm our love for this planet and its inhabitants and our deep reverence for life.

Friends in the UK - Are working on sutainability issues around climate justice, fracking and sustainability. read more on their website.

Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) - work in a number of realted areas such as HUman Impacts of Climate Change and Sustainable & Just economic Systems