Sustainable Security

Alternatives to austerity: a sustainable new deal?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

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

What happened to the Arab awakening?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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

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

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Oxford Research Group Sustainable Security Programme
  • the new economics foundation : “an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. ”
  • Global Justice Now : “social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world”
  • The Equality Trust : “aims to reduce income inequality through a programme of public and political education”
  • 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.”
  • Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  • International Alert : “focus on solving the root causes of conflict, bringing together people from across divides. From the grassroots to policy level, we come together to build everyday peace.”
  • 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.”
  • 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”
  • The Climate Coalition “reaching across the UK to show our love for all the things we want to protect from climate change, and to ask politicians to put aside their differences and commit to doing whatever is necessary to protect them.”
  • Green Christian : “exists to share Green insights with Christians and to offer Christian insights to the wider Green movement”
  • 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 Institute : “independent think tank for environmental, social and economic issues.”
  • 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.”

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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