CFSC has worked with partners at the War Resisters Support Campaign for more than a decade in support of the rights of conscientious objectors to the Iraq war. You can learn more about their situations and why Canada should let them stay in this blog post and in the most recent issue of Quaker Concern (PDF).
It’s easy to take action to tell the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander and your MP that you support the war resisters! Use this form and send a letter.
Three times a year CFSC publishes Quaker Concern, an 8 page newsletter available in digital and hard copy with stories from our work.
In addition to short news and updates, in this issue you’ll find articles about:
- some of our grassroots work with Indigenous partners,
- using art to challenge our thinking about justice,
- peace work being undertaken by Peterborough Monthly Meeting, and
- The uncertain situations faced by Conscientious Objectors to the Iraq war (you can help by taking part in Let Them Stay week January 25th-31st)
Read the Winter 2015 issue of Quaker Concern (PDF).
A shared statement by Quaker groups
“It would go a long way to caution and direct people in their use of the world, that they were better studied and knowing in the Creation of it. For how could [they] find the confidence to abuse it, while they should see the great Creator stare them in the face, in all and every part of it?”
~ William Penn, 1693
As Quakers, we are called to work for the peaceable Kingdom of God on the whole Earth, in right sharing with all peoples. We recognize a moral duty to cherish Creation for future generations.
We call on our leaders to make the radical decisions needed to create a fair, sufficient and effective international climate change agreement.
As Quakers, we understand anthropogenic climate change (climate change due to human activities) to be a symptom of a greater challenge: how to live sustainably and justly on this Earth.
We recognize that the current rise of greenhouse gas emissions is leading to an unprecedented rate of increase in global average surface temperature of extreme detriment to the Earth’s ecosystems and species, including human beings.
We recognize that catastrophic global climate change is not inevitable if we choose to act urgently.
We recognize a personal and collective responsibility to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable peoples now, and all our future generations, do not suffer as a consequence of our actions. We see this as a call to conscience.
We recognize the connections between climate change and global economic injustice as well as unprecedented levels of consumption, and question assumptions of unlimited material growth on a planet with limited natural resources.
We recognize that most greenhouse gas emissions are created by fossil fuel combustion. We recognize that our increasing population continues to pursue fossil fuel-dependent economic growth. We recognize that the Earth holds more fossil fuel reserves than are safe to burn, and that the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground if we are to prevent the catastrophic consequences of climate change. We therefore question profoundly the continued investment in, and subsidizing of, fossil fuel extraction.
We seek to nurture a global human society that prioritizes the well-being of people over profit, and lives in right relationship with our Earth; a peaceful world with fulfilling employment, clean air and water, renewable energy, and healthy thriving communities and ecosystems.
As members of this beautiful human family, we seek meaningful commitments from our leaders and ourselves, to address climate change for our shared future, the Earth and all species, and the generations to come.
We see this Earth as a stunning gift that supports life. It is our only home. Let us care for it together.
Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW)
Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)
Westtown Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania, USA
Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA)
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Princeton Friends Meeting, New Jersey, USA
Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC)
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, UK
FWCC- Asia West Pacific Section
Quakers in Aotearoa New Zealand
Croton Valley Meeting, NY, USA
Northampton Friends Meeting
Cookeville Monthly Meeting
Netherlands Yearly Meeting
Newtown Monthly Meeting
New York Yearly Meeting
Memphis Friends Meeting
Quakers in Australia
Quakers in Britain
Please contact Lindsey Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information, or wish to add your Quaker group.
Download this statement in PDF. Read more of CFSC’s public statements.
We write to express our support for, and solidarity with, those working on Burnaby Mountain to stop the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Quakers are good citizens who seek lawful ways to promote changes within society and to make known our concerns. However, as a last resort, those Friends who are led to do so may choose nonviolent civil disobedience after much discernment.
Canadian Friends Service Committee has considered the issues at stake and found unity with the actions taken by Indigenous peoples (including our partners, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs), Friends, and other concerned citizens. We thank them for their commitment to nonviolent witness for the health of our beautiful and increasingly fragile home, the earth. We thank them for their concern for future generations.
We write as a national body engaging in Friends’ peace and justice work in Canada, because we know that this is not a set of problems which only affect the residents of BC. The best evidence suggests that this pipeline’s expansion, by tripling the volume of diluted bitumen shipped from Alberta’s tar sands through the existing Trans Mountain pipeline route, would have detrimental impacts on the climate and health of our entire planet.
Decisions made today will affect all of us in the future. That climate change impacts were not considered by Canada’s National Energy Board in its approval of this project is unacceptable. It is in the public interest that the Federal Government effectively address climate change. An equally critical reason why this project should not go ahead at this time is that Kinder Morgan and the Government of Canada have failed to obtain the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the Indigenous peoples whose unceded territories would be impacted.
Friends from several countries joined together in June to express our sense of the urgent need for action on climate change . We know that Canada can and must immediately invest in creating more sustainable communities by using cleaner and more renewable energy. We have the creative potential to change directions. We must move away from practices which appear poised to harm the long-term wellbeing of so many for limited short-term gain. NASA scientist James Hansen has warned that releasing the carbon contained in Alberta’s tar sands alone is likely to mean “game over” for efforts to maintain a stable climate within just a few decades . Given the extraordinarily severe challenges facing us, we find the nonviolent direct actions of Friends in keeping with Quaker faith and witness on climate change and human rights. These acts are motivated by a sincere concern, in line with our Testimonies of Peace, Simplicity, Community, Equality, Integrity, and Unity with Creation.
in Friendship and with gratitude for the efforts toward a better future,
Clerk, Canadian Friends Service Committee
 The Guardian, “Tar sands exploitation would mean game over for climate, warns leading scientist”, May 19, 2013