Canterbury Commitment

The Canterbury Commitment is Quakers In Britain pledge of becoming a low carbon organisation.

The Canterbury Commitment, formally known as Minute 36 of British Yearly Meeting (held in Canterbury, Kent, 2011), begins by declaring:

“The action we are ready to take at this time is to make a strong corporate commitment to become a low-carbon, sustainable

Canterbury Commitment

The commitment recognises that “our actions have as yet been insufficient” and then quotes a previous British Quaker statement on climate change called A Framework For Action:

“Sustainability is an urgent matter for our Quaker witness. It is rooted in Quaker testimony and must be integral to all we do corporately and individually.”

A Framework For Action 2009-2014

Calling on all British Quakers to act on three levels – individually, Local Meetings and as a national body, the commitment states that the “process needs to be joyful and spirit-led” and quotes John Woolman.

“The produce of the earth is a gift from our gracious creator to the inhabitants, and to impoverish the earth now to support outward greatness appears to be an injury to the succeeding age.”

John Woolman

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