Climate Action

Northern Yearly Meeting (NYM) is inspired by the work of other Quaker and non-Quaker organizations around climate action. The Ad Hoc Climate Crisis Committee brings us together to engage in this challenge, each of us, as we are able. We share what we are doing individually and collectively, and to learn from others in the hope of helping us to contribute to reaching our needed climate and biodiversity goals.

NYM precedes our business meetings with this query: “How does this decision we are about to make impact our ongoing Spirit-led work on climate change?”

Here is just some of what is going on in the NYM community:

  • We learned about we could take advantage of the funding for renewable energy available in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
  • Madison Friends Meeting has worked to retrofit their meetinghouse to become a near zero-emissions building, with solar and geothermal energy providing the building’s energy needs.
  • A Friend in St. Paul works to empower BIPOC communities in the renewable energy economy by mentoring and engaging youth.
  • Another Friend is an artist who builds human and biotic communities with art, structures, gardening and native plant installations.
  • Friends are involved with 350 Wisconsin educating people about changing policy and divesting in fossil fuels.
  • A Friend shared about their work restoring a prairie.