Sustainable Security

Sustainable and socially just economies

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Mary Mellor – contribution to Hexham Debates Series 6, at 11.00am – 12.30pm – St Mary’s Centre, Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EB

Food, peace and human thriving in a changing world

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Geoff Tansey – contribution to series 6 of Hexham Debates 11.00am – 12.30pm, St Mary’s Centre, Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EB

‘Defence Alternatives: Human Security and the Small Nation Contribution’

Cathy Holman attended this ‘Scotland’s For Peace’ event on behalf of NFPB. It was held in the Scottish parliament building in March. She reports:

The meeting was organised to “rethink what ‘Defence’ policy should be about and to shift from aggressive expeditionary military action and nuclear weapons to a Human Security policy” and then to consider what this would mean for Scotland if they were an independent nation.

Sustainable Security links

These links are provided to further encourage understanding, discussion, action and reflection on the issues addressed by our statement of concern . They represent a range of perspectives; their inclusion here does not imply endorsement but is an indication of what we have found to be helpful.

Other Quaker work on sustainability and security concerns

  • Quaker Peace & Social Witness : working with and for Quakers in Britain, undertake work on Sustainability , Peace and Disarmament and on Economic Issues
  • NEW: Economic Mythbusters Online course , Apply by 22 April 2013 [Please note that demand for places on the Mythbusters course has been very high and applications have now exceeded the number of places currently available. Any further applications will now be held on a waiting list – as of 15th April]
  • Living Witness : “aims to support the development of Quaker corporate witness to sustainable living and explore ways of taking it to the wider community in Britain and elsewhere.” They produce a number of valuable resources, including Walk Cheerfully, Step Lightly. Our guide to 100+ ways of greening your life – available from their publications page
  • Good Lives Project at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre : they write “What kind of lives do we want for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren? What can we start doing now to help ensure that it happens? We can make changes in our own lives and in the lives of our local communities; we can, together, create the popular will for change that moves our politicians …”
  • Quaker Institute for the Future (in USA): QIF envisions a global future in which humanity is in right relationship with the commonwealth of life.
  • Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) : The Sustainable Energy Security programme seeks to galvanise Quaker action on sustainable energy use at all levels across Europe. They also have a blog, with entries covering the themes of the programme.
  • Quaker Earthcare Witness : “is a network of Friends (Quakers) in North America and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies.”
  • Earth Quaker Action Team : A new group of Quakers in the US “Building a just and sustainable economy through nonviolent direct action. “

    Other organisations
  • : this website is an initiaitive of Oxford Research Group. intends to be an important platform for promoting a better understanding of the real threats to global security in the 21st century and the policies that should be implemented to address those threats at their root cause.
  • the new economics foundation : “an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. ”
  • The World Development Movement : “a UK-based anti-poverty campaigning organisation. We have a worldwide reputation for tackling hard-hitting, controversial issues. We believe a fairer world is possible if together we take action. Just as campaigners stopped the transatlantic slave trade and won women the vote, we can end global inequality.”
  • The Equality Trust : “aims to reduce income inequality through a programme of public and political education”
  • Sustainable Development Commission : the Government’s independent adviser on sustainable development.
  • The Less Network : “The future is right here, right now. Resource depletion and climate change are right here, right now. Not in a generation’s time, not in ten year’s time, not in five years time. But today. Right here, right now. Any attempts to maintain a traditional growth path are both futile and a recipe for civilization collapse.”
  • WWF’s Strategies for Change project : “re-examines some of the assumptions that underlie current environmental campaigning, and suggests new evidence-based responses. In particular, the project looks at the importance of collective social values in driving change, and at the ways those values are shaped.”
  • International Alert work on climate change : “International Alert’s research finds that the consequences of climate change will fuel violent conflict, which itself hinders the ability of governments and local communities to adapt to the pressures of climate change.”
  • Transition Network : “A Transition Initiative (which could be a town, village, university or island etc) is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction.”
  • Green Economics : “The Green Economics Institute aims to reformulate, rework and re-orientate mainstream economics. The Institute aims to create a new discipline of Green Economics which is better able to address today’s problems.”
  • Friends of the Earth : ”We stand for three big ideas: There is a tomorrow. Everyone gets a fair share . Change the rules” .
  • The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility : “church-based investor coalition and membership organisation working for economic justice, human rights, environmental stewardship, and corporate and investor responsibility.”
  • Forum For The Future : “works with leaders from business and the public sector to create a green, fair and prosperous world”
  • Operation Noah : “Christian organisation which provides focus and leadership in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change endangering all of God’s creation.”
  • 10:10 : “movement of people, schools, businesses and organisations cutting their carbon by 10% in a year”
  • Stop Climate Chaos Coalition : “The UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.”
  • Christian Ecology Link (CEL) : “helps members to understand and relate these responsibilities to their faith. Members can then encourage others in their local church to think seriously about these issues.”
  • Conscience – Taxes for Peace, Not War : campaigning organisation which works to create a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.
  • Schumacher Society : “The Schumacher Society is named after economist and philosopher Dr. E.F. Schumacher, author of ‘Small is Beautiful’, ‘The Guide for the Perplexed’, ‘Good Work’ and ‘This I Believe’. Our primary function is to promote, generate and distribute concepts and processes that enable individuals and communities to take steps towards creating a sustainable future.”
  • New Internationalist : “reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.”
  • Christian Aid : “works globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.”
  • Climate Outreach and Information Network : “a charity formed in 2004 to directly engage the public about climate change. COIN inspires lasting changes in attitudes and behaviour through the use of innovative action learning methods and by assisting people to communicate their own messages to their peers.”
  • In Context : No longer published, but all past issues of this interesting journal looking at ‘Human Sustainable Development’ are available online.
  • Public Interest Research Centre
    PIRC is an independent charity integrating key research on climate change, energy & economics – widening its audience and increasing its impact.

Money, Power & Peace ... what are you living for?

Saturday, October 20, 2012 Day conference for 18-30 year olds at Friends House, Euston Rd, London. Organised by Fellowship of Reconciliation with Pax Christi and Quaker Peace & Social Witness

One World Week

Sunday, October 21, 2012 to Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sharing Destiny – Moving Towards One World, 21-28 October. The 2012 theme asks: How can we shape our lives to contribute to an equitable future for all?

The Economics of Killing

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Edinburgh Peace and Justice Group, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and Uniting for Peace invite you to Vijay Mehta’s book discussion. Detail from

Tax Justice Bus Tour 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty are joining forces to take the campaign for Tax Justice on the road, with a seven-week Tax Justice Bus Tour, to promote the simple message: It’s time for Tax Justice for the poorest communities at home and globally.


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