The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Since January, there have been multiple attempts to withdraw efforts toward environmental conservation and adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Congress has used its power under the Congressional Review Act to challenge regulations adopted under the Obama administration, and recently, President Trump issued an executive order that would rewrite environmental regulations on coal and gas emissions, and the future of the United States’ participation in the Paris Agreement is unclear.
It is important for us to raise our voices in opposition to rolling back environmental regulations and other measures to prevent further climate change. Faith communities are coming together in our belief that the Earth is sacred and must be protected. Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:28 tells us: “Do not destroy and desolate my world, for if you corrupt it, there is no one to set it right after you.” Jewish tradition teaches that it is the responsibility of those who believe that God created the world to maintain our environment for future generations.
There is an opportunity at the end of April to gather in support of environmental protection measures: The People’s Climate March is happening in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 29, 2017. There will be sister marches in cities across the country for those who cannot join in D.C. There are many opportunities to join the Jewish community around the march, and Jewish participation in the People’s Climate March and Shabbat is being coordinated by Jewish Climate Action Network, Hazon, Interfaith Power and Light with support of the GreenFaith and the Shalom Center.
Here is what you can do to join the Jewish community in solidarity in support of the Peoples Climate March:
If you are coming to the D.C. area, we encourage you to join with the Jewish communities in support of the march. If you are coming from out of town, IPL has set up a Shabbat hospitality network. If you are interested in hosting other Jewish supporters coming from out of town, please fill out this form. If you are in need of a place to stay, you can sign up here.
Here are some events happening in D.C. around the march:
Whether or not you participate in the march, there are many ways to take action and protect the environment. You can learn more at our environmental issues page. You can also urge your Members of Congress to support meeting the United States’ pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The GCF is an international fund aimed at supporting developing countries, who are least responsible for climate change but are bearing the brunt of its impact, in their adaptation and mitigation to climate change.