New Reform Jewish Movement Web Resource Facilitates Action on Climate Crisis
Pelavin: “The Reform Jewish Movement recognizes both the scientific consensus on the threat of global warming as well as the need for immediate and decisive action: the window of opportunity is now.”
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Washington, DC, May 26, 2006 –The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) this week unveiled a new web-based resource focusing on “Climate Change: A Global Crisis, A Jewish Response.”
According to RAC Associate Director Mark J. Pelavin, “This new web resource is designed to spark a conversation that will spread through congregations and communities across North America, empowering congregants and lawmakers to effect a real and timely change in how we relate to the environment.”
Pelavin noted that “The growing focus on climate change issues spurred by the release of the new documentary An Inconvenient Truth, presents an important educational opportunity and challenges us to make the most of this pivotal moment. That is why we are launching this new effort, a web resource which offers text studies, sample sermons, discussion questions, and many other ways to get involved in the fight against climate change.
“The Reform Jewish Movement recognizes both the scientific consensus on the threat of global warming as well as the need for immediate and decisive action: the window of opportunity is now,” said Pelavin. He noted that “Nineteen of the twenty hottest years on record have all occurred since 1980, and recent studies show that the world’s poor will bear the brunt of climate change’s negative effects. Climate change is not merely an ‘environmental’ issue: it is a crisis with far-reaching moral and humanitarian implications, and it is an issue that demands urgent action.”
The Religious Action Center’s Climate Change Resource Page is located at www.rac.org/globalcrisis.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the
Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.