Category Archives: Ethical Transportation

Prophetic Vision

Friends in my Quaker meeting in rural Iowa have been praying and discussing what we are being led to do at this time, when there is so much suffering in the world. “Being led” means discerning what the inner light, … Continue reading

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Sacred spaces and places in the age of ZOOM

In this age of mandatory social distancing to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19 religious groups are among those who are looking for alternatives to meeting face to face. Many are using videoconferencing apps like Zoom to connect people … Continue reading

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Carbon Footprints

A recent article in AXIOS by Amy Harder titled “The carbon footprints of the rich and activist”, discusses some attitudes about individual’s views of their own carbon footprint. Not all carbon footprints are created equally. Driving the news: Famous, rich … Continue reading

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War Today

It was perhaps unfortunately prescient to have written about the Richmond Declaration on the Draft recently, in light of the situation in Syria today. We call on Friends everywhere to recognize the oppressive burden of militarism and conscription. We acknowledge … Continue reading

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House of Cards

As I’ve been thinking and writing about environmental catastrophe, and seeing that unfolding now, most recently with the total destruction of the Bahamas, I keep seeing a vision of our communities as houses of cards. I think most of us … Continue reading

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Ethical Transportation

I am tremendously pleased by 16 year old Greta Thunberg’s decision to travel to the United States via a zero carbon sailboat instead of taking an airplane from Sweden. “This is a fight across borders.” Asked what she would miss … Continue reading

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Flight Shame

But here’s the peculiar thing: although no other human activity pushes individual emission levels as fast and as high as air travel, most of us don’t stop to think about its carbon impact. http://theconversation.com/its-time-to-wake-up-to-the-devastating-impact-flying-has-on-the-environment-70953 This video tells the story of … Continue reading

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Destruction by Personal Automobiles

For the past several days I’ve been writing about Quakers and climate change. And for the past two days about something some of us in Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) have referred to as “ethical transportation”, which is about ways we … Continue reading

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Ethical Transportation Today

Yesterday’s post about Quakers and the rising climate movement included the “Ethical Transportation” Minute approved by Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) Quakers in 2017 (see below). Friends (Quakers) in rural areas struggle with ways to reduce fossil fuel use because public … Continue reading

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Quakerism and the rising climate justice movement

“Quakerism and the rising climate justice movement” is the title of an interesting article from the Quaker Faith in Action newsletter of Britain Yearly Meeting, April 2019. Climate justice has been on people’s minds this month thanks to the rising … Continue reading

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