Addressing Environmental Issues as a Spiritual Community

At the age of sixteen, Jackie Bonomo recalls, “I consciously became aware that we were living wrong on the planet; that our whole culture was going in a wrong direction for harmony with the Earth.” Her early interest in conservation eventually led to a focus on environmental studies and human ecology in college—and, she reflects, a spirituality that’s “very grounded in nature.”

Jackie helped establish a Climate Justice Working Group at State College Friends Meeting. Inspired by Earth Quaker Action Team, she’s learning more about environmentally responsible investing: “You know, we have a lot of Quaker filters that can be put on investments—no tobacco, no alcohol, those kinds of things,” she explains. “No war, no guns, but adding climate change parameters would also make sense.”

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