What is Youth Quake Now?
Updated on 7th January 2020
Youth Quake Now (YQN) seeks to promote peace, equality, simplicity and truth in campaigning for young people’s issues.
Here’s the Oxford Dictionaries definition of YouthQuake:
“A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.”
YouthQuake was Oxford Dictionaries 2017 word of the year.
YQN is created by the Smudgy Guide and is based in Lincoln, in the north of England.
YQN campaigns on worldwide concerns for young people but always remember to focus our efforts at a local level. We go by the motto:
Think Globally, Act Locally
Therefore you might see the odd post or two referring to our activism in some small Lincolnshire village that not even most people in the UK have heard of, let alone worldwide.
The point is to show how local communities, with young people being the driving force can lead to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
YQN achieves this by putting faith in action. We are guided by the principles of Quakerism, a strange and curious but illuminating faith. It doesn’t matter who believes this or that. You believe what you want to believe. What matters is working together for the practical common good of the world as a whole.
“Resolved to work and eat together, making the Earth a Common Treasury.”
Gerrard Winstanley, 1649
Quakers have over 350 years of being campaigners for change and social reform. A criticism of the Quakers is that they should not mix faith with politics. Thomas Paine, a founding father of the United States said that in political affairs the Quakers, “Ought not to be meddlers.”
However, Quakers do get involved.
YQN does not speak for any Quaker body, it is independent and speaks for itself.
You are welcome to agree or disagree with anything YQN says.
We like to listen and welcome the exchange of opinions. How do we learn otherwise?
If you do choose to engage in discussion with the YQN community of friends and followers then please be respectful and curtious.
That is the Quakerly way.