Quakers join launch of Build Back Better campaign
Quakers in Britain, one of CTE's Member Churches, are co-launching Build Back Better, a new campaign for a green and just recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The campaign says let’s not go back to normal.
Build Back Better brings together a broad range of members including unions, youth campaigns, health workers, green NGOs and faith-based organisations, to campaign for a recovery that protects public services, creates good jobs and tackles inequality and the climate crisis.
The campaign is founded on five key principles:
Secure the health and needs of everyone in the UK now and into the future, irrespective of employment or nationality.
Protect and invest in public services.
Rebuild society with a transformative Green New Deal – a plan to decarbonise the economy in a way that tackles inequality and enhances people’s lives.
Invest in people – restructure public and private finance so it supports sectors that nourish society and safeguard the future.
Build solidarity and community across borders – promote changes that end global power inequalities.
Virtual rallies are planned while social distancing applies. The campaign is encouraging people to write to their MP, and supporting local groups to work together to build a people-powered mandate for a recovery that benefits people and planet.
Oliver Robertson, Head of Witness and Worship for Quakers in Britain, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the massive inequalities that already existed in our society. Quakers have been working for many years for a world where equality, justice and peace can flourish, and we need to work with others to make this vision a reality.
“We are delighted to be launching Build Back Better with so many other organisations today, and we look forward to supporting Quakers all over Britain to get involved with the campaign.”
Read more on the Build Back Better website, and also in a blog reflecting on how and why Quakers are involved.
The campaign was initiated, and is currently coordinated, by Green New Deal UK, working with a growing range of groups and organisations. The campaign is drawing on existing funding from the European Climate Foundation and Oak Foundation.
Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain, and are one of CTE's 50 Member Churches.
Around 21,575 people attend 475 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change.