The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Summer is when we most often have a moment to examine the beauty of our natural surroundings. But remember when summers weren’t as hot? For many of us, summer is when we bemoan the extreme heat associated with rising global temperatures.
As Jews, taking care of our earth and working in partnership with God to be environmental stewards is central to our tradition. Luckily, conserving the environment becomes somewhat easier to focus on in summer. If you are gardening, you can take the time to say a prayer for the little joys of nature in your front yard. If hiking is more your style, you can appreciate the momentous altitudes and depths of exploring. Check out these greening activity cards for environmental prayers and discussion that you can carry with you for both hiking and gardening.
There are other, more tangible ways, to reduce your carbon footprint over the summer, learn more about environmentalism, and mitigate climate change. Here are a few ideas:
If you’re interested in doing more and these small energy and water efficiency ideas excited you, talk to your congregation about completing the GreenFaith Certification program with an energy audit and environmental education and worship services.