Feedback from our 2015 Residential Weekend on sustainability
“Anyone who believes
that exponential growth can go on forever
in a finite world
is either a madman or an economist”
~ Kenneth Boulding, Quaker economist, sociologist and philosopher.
Sustainability Special – initial outcomes from our residential weekend
Following on from our Residential Weekend held at CAT this year I have put together a number of pieces that might be of interest to those who attended and to those who would have liked to be with us but were unable to.
Feedback from the Sustainability Residential Weekend at CAT
For a longer description of the event please see the attached article about the gathering which appeared in The Friend.
|Options for Action for a New Economy Workshop for Friends in Wales (Based on Ulrich Ducrow’s analysis of strategies illustrated in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament)|
1. Prophecy – Declaring what’s wrong
– Painting a Vision eg Zero Carbon Britain, Principles for a New Economy
– Telling the truth eg Collecting and telling stories that illustrate harm; Mythbusters
2. Reform, where it is possible
– Our political system (eg political donations)
– Tax Justice Campaign
– Money and Banking reform
– Trade Justice and resistance to TTIP
– Welfare reform – decent and fair safety net
– Fuel Poverty Action/Energy Justice
3. Direct Action – Voting with our Feet – withdrawing energy from the oppressive system
– Divestment from Fossil Fuels – letters to pension funds, action on Universities, Councils, support for divestment in other faith groups etc
– Move Our Money – 500,000 people moved their bank accounts away from the High Street Banks in 2012
– Avoid supermarkets where possible, Amazon, Starbucks etc. Search engine Duckduckgo.com doesn’t have adverts or track your choices.
– Protest, demonstrations and direct action to slow down destruction
4. Creating Alternative – Nurturing Life
– Shopping – sustainable, organic, local, from co-ops, Fair Trade etc
– Meeting Houses, refurbishment for low carbon, letting policies
– Building the local economy – local finance, Regional finance, Entrepreneur forums
– Ethical saving and investment – Your Faith Your Finance; Credit Unions and Savings and Loan Societies, see online platforms for ethical investment eg Ethex
– Transition initiatives, Growing things, cycling support, Time banks, LETs etc.
5. Ethic of Love and Solidarity
– Growing the gift economy
– Volunteering and work for common good
– (see Charles Eisenstein and the Moneyless Man)
One of the many thought-provoking presentation slides….
|“Economic Growth”(GDP = sum total of all money transactions)|
|Increased by: · Crime· Flooding· Insurance payouts· Pollution· War· Illness· Bankers bonuses· Longer hours at work||Not included: · Gifts (eg blood donation)· Services of carers, family labour· Volunteering· Equality· Quality of work· Health· Happiness· Free time· Close relationships|
Some interesting links to explore: