Ecological destruction, income inequality and racial injustice cannot be treated as isolated concerns. We may be called to focus on different aspects of the whole, but without awareness of that whole, our work will fall short. Traditional Quaker testimonies highlight both the connections among these concerns and the imperative to act.
We value equality. Yet we see economic disparities increasing dramatically, with racial minorities experiencing the brunt of both income inequality and environmental damage.
We value integrity. Yet Gross Domestic Product is a false measure of prosperity, and truth is being sacrificed in advertising, mass media, public discourse, and politics.
We value simplicity. Yet our ‘Growth economy’ requires everincreasing consumption, debt, and intrusion on the natural world to sustain itself.
We value community. Yet we are deeply divided by racism, those facing economic insecurity and confined to prisons grows, and God’s community of life is diminished.
We value peace. Yet the violence and devastation caused by our economic system’s exploitation of both people and planet is alarming.
“Making peace with the earth was always an ethical and ecological imperative. It has now become a survival imperative for our species…People’s need for food and water can be met only if nature’s capacity to provide food and water is protected. Defending the rights of Mother Earth is therefore the most important human rights and social justice struggle. It is the broadest peace movement of our times.” —Dr. Vandana Shiva
Welcome to this Collaborative
In pursuit of justice and a world with a future, the EcoJustice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is engaged in projects to support Friends in their quest for a nation and economy that serves justice and the commonwealth of life.
We serve as a home for Friends acting on their leading in the intersection of racial, economic, and climate justice. We organize events, prepare written materials, advocate for policy change and the adoption of responsible energy practices. We act as an incubator for new projects focusing on creating a just transition to a stable climate and a caring and equitable economy.
We are members of Meetings from all walks of life. We welcome Friends with passion and the energy to devote to active witness on economic, racial and climate justice work.
We meet monthly at Friends Center in the evening.