Historically Quakers have spoken out against war and knew the causes of war came from the desire to take land or resources from other countries or peoples.
“I told [the Commonwealth Commissioners] I lived in the virtue of that life and power that took away the occasion of all wars… I told them I was come into the covenant of peace which was before wars and strife were.” George Fox
“Oh! that we who declare against wars, and acknowledge our trust to be in God only, may walk in the light, and therein examine our foundation and motives in holding great estates! May we look upon our treasures, and the furniture of our houses, and the garments in which we array ourselves, and try whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these our possessions, or not. Holding treasures in the self-pleasing spirit is a strong plant, the fruit whereof ripens fast.” John Woolman
Today war is waged on a global scale against Mother Earth herself. Only death can result when the resources our environment depends upon (land, water, air, energy) are excessively consumed, and polluted in the process.
Today we must speak out against this environmental war and find a way to live in the virtue of that life and power to take away the occasion of this ongoing environmental destruction.
May we look upon our treasures, the cars we drive, the large homes we heat and cool, the electronic devices we use and try whether the seeds of war against our environment have nourishment in these our possessions, or not.
We must speak into the stunning silence about our environmental catastrophe now.
We need a campaign today that parallels the SILENCE = DEATH Project in the 1980’s about the oppression of gay people and refusal to address the AIDS epidemic. The project protested both taboos around discussion of safer sex, just as there are now taboos around discussion of the environmental crisis, and the indifference of people and government agencies to deal with the present and coming disasters. ACT UP