Nature

Back garden bee colony

Bee colony on a huge Peepal tree (‘Buddha’ tree) in the garden of Vasanthi Kumar of STRAW (Stray Relief and Animal Welfare) and also a friend of Quaker Concern for Animals. The bees return to exactly the same spot every April, and Ms Kumar keeps an eye on them from her 3rd floor window. {Photo © V. Kumar} ✔

[Our religion] must also take account of our life in the world around us, the way we live, the way we treat animals and the environment.  Harvey Gillman 1988, Quaker faith & Practice 20.20

Quakers are increasingly expressing their concern for the environment. Many Quakers and Quaker meetings are taking positive action on sustainability. We are concerned about the excesses and unfairness of our consumer society and the unsustainable use of natural resources.

Our faith translates into action and Friends are joining and initiating, local, national and international work to redress the imbalances. Friends are reviewing their use of natural resources, holding conferences to inspire others and forming networks to increase real engagement with the issue.

All life is interrelated. Each individual plant and animal has its own needs, and is important to others. Many species in Australia and worldwide are now extinct and many more are endangered. Do you treat all life with respect, recognizing a particular obligation to those animals we breed and maintain for our own use and enjoyment? In order to secure the survival of all, including ourselves, are you prepared to change your ideas about who you are in relation to your environment and every living thing in it? [Australian Advices & Queries, item 44]