Climate Strike

An invitation from Quaker Earthcare Witness

On September 20, three days before the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, young people and adults will strike all across the United States and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.

As Quaker Earthcare Witness members, we are inviting you to Strike With Us.

This is a special moment and we want you to be a part of it. Young people around the world have been going on strike – every week, all over the planet – for months, like Greta Thunberg from Sweden and 16-year-old Friend Kallan Benson (read about her activism in BeFriending Creation). And for the first time, they are explicitly calling on you - adult allies - to join them. Will you?

Led by a diverse coalition of youth-led and adult-led organizations, including Quaker Earthcare Witness, September 20 is an intergenerational day of striking that will launch an entire week of climate action across the world.

Quaker Earthcare Witness encourages Friends across the United States to mobilize for climate action rooted in our deep faith and tradition.

Ways to participate as individuals:
• STRIKE WITH US! On September 20, 2019, we strike for our future! Find an event nearby.
• If there is not a strike scheduled in your area, register to host a strike.
• Post on your social media using #ClimateStrike and #StrikeWithUs.

Ways to participate with your Quaker community:
• Organize a group from your meeting to strike together.
• Write a minute in support and share it in your community and in the newspaper.
• Ask what it means to be adult allies to the youth leaders and follow-up. See's article to get started.
• Meet with your elected officials. Visit the Friends Committee on National Legislation's Environment and Energy Page for tips.
• Use the strike as a launch-pad for reinvigorating your meeting’s environmental concerns work. 
• Spread the word about the strike in your Yearly or Monthly Meeting newsletters.

Visit our website for more info. We'd also love to hear what your plans are for the strike. Write us back at to share updates.



Degrees of Change

Climate change is in the news. Europe has experienced the highest summer temperatures in recent history and the ice sheets on Greenland are melting at an accelerated rate.  In my new neighborhood, a few older spruce trees were removed due to disease. Even though, they weren’t healthy, I immediately could feel the temperature difference when they were gone. Shade trees can cool the air beneath by 8 degrees!  Instead of 90, 82 degrees feels pretty good.

So plant a tree and care for it. For more information, read this blog from Science Friday on things you can do to make a difference:



The Green Team at First Friends

The Green Team has been reflecting on the ways that our Meeting is already a good steward of God’s creation, and also on the ways we could do more.  Certainly, we want to continue recycling office paper and other items that are coded for recycling.   We are leaning towards collecting coffee grounds in Fellowship Hall as compost for our gardeners, and leaning away from using disposable plates, cups, and silverware.  We are interested in, and researching the possibilities of, the future use of solar panels at the Meetinghouse.  The Green Team is committed to keeping fertilizers and herbicides off of the Meetinghouse lawn as our pollinators love the dandelions and our rivers, lakes, and oceans find fertilizers insufferable. 

Be on the lookout for Green Team projects such as sewing our own reusable bags, as well as for the next Green Team gathering.  If these are things that you are passionate about, please consider coming to our next meeting.