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Yearly Meeting,
2nd-9th July 2016

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AUSTRALIA

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Quaker Earthcare Committee

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Quaker Earthcare Statement

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. - John Woolman (1720-1772)
We find delight in the grace of creation, and are humbled by the richness of its gifts. Our very existence depends upon sustaining our intimate relationships within nature. Yet much has been harmed or lost forever through our lack of reverence, our ignorance, denial, waste and ill-considered action. We have set ourselves against the Spirit.

Invitation to Consider Earthcare

The Australian Quaker Earthcare Committee invites us all to pray, read, act, and celebrate Earthcare. Access the full paper here.
Contact the Committee, hosted by West Australia Regional Meeting, at earthquake@quakers.org.au

 

Earthcare Invite March 2016

An inspiring and respected anthropologist who has been studying Indigenous culture and philosophy over many years, bringing Aboriginal wisdom to Australians, Deborah Bird Rose writes on water:
Jila is a place of ‘living water’. It identifies fresh water that never dries up. Often unprepossessing, perhaps the water is secreted deep in a well that has been dug and maintained for generations, perhaps it is a spring that bubbles up quietly, or maybe the water forms a pool that remains after the flow of a river or creek has disappeared. Jila, the place of living water, commands respect and care; it gives life and thus is a source of life. Here on the driest inhabited continent on earth, knowledge of living water can truly make the difference between life and death. Living water is cherished; it is a blessing.

 

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You have may already savoured the Quaker publication so strongly endorsed at AYM in Melbourne earlier this year, wonderful in bringing together much of the wisdom on the topic of our future as planetarians:

Universe as Revelation by Alex Wildwood and Jo Farrow.

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Walk Country How well do we know our own local landscape? There has been a revival of walks over Ngaanyatjarra lands in the Western
Desert of Central Australia, since the first 2006, and annually since 2011. Every walk includes community conversation about where the track will be – near lots of bush tucker, with firewood and through some meaningful sacred sites and places that have stories for people, and inspire art and stories. At the same time Land and Culture staff do some patch burning, GPS training and rock hole monitoring. Could this be a model for the rest of Australia – not just in remote areas, but urban too, working with local elders?

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Invitation to Consider Climate Change

The Australian Quaker Earthcare Committee invites us all to pray, read, act, and celebrate Earthcare.

Access the full paper here.

Contact the Committee, hosted by West Australia Regional Meeting, at earthquake@quakers.org.au.

EARTHCARE DISCUSSION PAPERS

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

DISCUSSION PAPER: TOWARDS A VISION OF A PEACEFUL AND SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA--24.11.13

This booklet offers a vision of hope, at a time of increasing realisation that human action is causing potentially irreversible ecological degradation of planet Earth.Towards a vision of a peaceful and sustainable Australia offers an inspired picture of a future ethical and sustainable society. Compiled by a small dedicated team of Quakers drawing on contributions and ideas offered by other Quakers around Australia, the writers envisage a better world for our children, one in which the Quaker Testimonies of Peace, Simplicity, Equality, Community and Integrity flourish.

DISCUSSION PAPER: A COWBOY OR SPACEMAN ECONOMY--10.4.13

Our current economy is not based on modern science. Kenneth Boulding called it a cowboy economy. He proposed instead a spaceman economy.

DISCUSSION PAPER: ENERGY--10.4.13

Our economy and way of life is based on cheap and available energy, particularly energy from fossil fuels. Such energy is becoming more difficult to obtain. The cost is likely to increase and eventually lead to recession. Such fuels also contribute to global warming. Humans need to live with less and use energy that is renewable and sustainable.

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YM 2013 SUMMER SCHOOL: ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTS--January 2013

The ecological footprint is a well-validated measure of human impact on the earth's biologically active land and water. Australia's ecological footprint per capita is amongst the highest in the world at about 7 hectares per person. But there is only enough biologically active land and water available on planet Earth to sustain a population of about 7 billion people using about 1.8 ha per person.
The future is clearly in serious doubt. We are facing a brick wall of impossibility if we continue with "business as usual” as a nation and as a species. Developing countries currently have an ecological footprint ranging from 0.8 to 2.5 ha per person. These countries naturally aspire to increase their footprint and cannot possibly do so unless rich countries reduce theirs.

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