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16 January 2009


European Quakers seek way forward on climate change - preview

Gerald Conyngham shares his thoughts on the recent European Quaker conference on environmental issues

‘The Society of Friends has had more influence on how people treat each other than any government ever had
  • ’ So said Theodore Zeldin in his book An Intimate History of Humanity, this insight is relevant to the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) conference held last month

  • The conference, which brought together Friends from around Europe, focused on the theme ‘not privation but appropriate living’, looking at energy security, climate and conflict
  • Can we, it asked, now use our past experience, our grounding in Quaker testimonies and our ability to dissent from popular culture to produce a united approach to the biggest single challenge the world faces – climate change and global warming?

    Gerald Conyngham

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