FWCC Divests from Fossil Fuels

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) announces that it has divested from fossil fuel companies, following a June 2015 decision of its Central Executive Committee. The money divested from fossil fuels has been redirected to a fund supporting wind energy projects. The organisation, headquartered in London, represents some 400,000 Quakers in meetings and churches organisations in 87 countries.

The action follows the organisation’s 2012 “Kabarak Call for Peace and Eco-Justice,” which recognised the dangers of climate change and its effect on famine, migrations, and war, and pledged to act to reduce the organisation’s climate impact. Other Quaker meetings and organisations have also divested from fossil fuels, including the Religious Society of Friends in Britain and the Philadelphia-based Friends Fiduciary Corporation. The Central Executive Committee recognised the value of joining with other churches and religious organisations in divesting from fossil fuels before the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. At the same time, the Committee acknowledged “the ethical discomfort created by . . . still utilising fossil fuels for transport and other uses in our daily lives and in our organisational work.”

Elizabeth Cazden, Clerk of the Central Executive Committee, commented, “The core work of FWCC is to bring Quakers together from all parts of the world, for person-to-person sharing that strengthens our spiritual bonds. We are also committed to a governance structure that includes Friends from all parts of the world, not just those within easy reach of the London office. So it is particularly challenging to envision how to do our work without adding to fossil fuel consumption such as jet fuel. We are actively exploring options such as holding international meetings less frequently, having committees meet by videoconferencing, and incorporating carbon offsets such as tree-planting projects.”

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