Low Carbon Commitment Forum

In 2011, Quakers in Britain made a commitment to become a low carbon community. The Central England Quakers Low Carbon Commitment Forum has met three times a year since, and provides opportunities for Quakers from across the Area Meeting to share progress in reducing carbon footprints and explore the challenges involved.  Most recently the Area Meeting decided to register to become an ‘Eco Area Meeting’ as part of the national A Rocha Eco Church scheme and asked low carbon forum members to support local meetings in becoming Eco Churches.

Quaker scientist has papers published on greenhouse gases and climate change - Quaker scientist, Richard Tuckett, has just had two peer-reviewed papers published on the science of greenhouse gases and climate change. The first paper is based on Richard’s academic career as a high-resolution gas-phase spectroscopist studying upper atmosphere ‘greenhouse gas’ molecules.  The paper identifies the greenhouse effect of particular molecules and, in particular, the way in which although carbon dioxide and methane are the most significant greenhouse gases, other gases are potentially more powerful and Continue Reading
‘A Future for All…’ conference - 'A Future for All … Implementing the Christian imperative to care for our World’, held on Saturday 14 July 2018, was the first ecumenical Eco Church conference and was organised by the Central England Quaker Low Carbon Commitment forum and the Birmingham Anglican Climate Action group.  It was attended by 100 Quakers, Anglicans, Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, URC and others at the Priory Rooms, the Quaker owned conference centre in Birmingham.  In her introduction Anne Continue Reading
Coventry Quakers Forest Garden - Over a period of 18 months, Coventry Quakers cleaned up some neglected ground in front of their meeting house and planted a garden on forest garden principles.  It includes a wide range of tasty and nutritious plants for foraging.
Links between the Environment and our Quaker Testimonies - In one forum meeting we used string in a practical exercise making links between a sustainable environment and Quaker testimonies to peace, equality, simplicity and truth. Links friends made during this activity included how a sustainable life style involves living simply but living simply today is different from 17th Century - now we have technology.  Strong links were made between sustainability and the peace testimony and how water, food and land shortages cause wars.
Interfaith Exhibitions & Conversations event - Forum members organised an Interfaith Exhibitions and Conversations event in the run up to the Paris Climate summit in November 2015.  Members of the different faith communities in Birmingham each presented a view of the environment from their faith perspective, learning from one another and building connections to work together in future.
Cotteridge Quakers’ solar panels - In 2010 Cotteridge Quaker meeting house installed a 11.2kWp solar photo voltaic array and was one first community buildings in the country to general solar electricity.  Insulating the meeting house and replacing storage heaters with heat pumps has reduced electricity consumption by about 90%.  Cotteridge meeting has achieved Silver Eco Church status and several members are active in the Low Carbon Forum.
Useful Fossil Fuel Divestment Links - Quaker divestment; Divestment by the Church of England; Most recent Operation Noah report making the case for fossil fuel divestment.