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Rachel Landman

We are currently facing a global climate crisis and global refugee crisis, both very important to address. Yet, these crises are beginning to merge. As climate disruption continues, it will further perpetuate the refugee crisis by cutting off access to necessary resources such as food, land and water. Climate change is no longer an imminent issue that will impact future generations, it is an issue that is impacting people now and must be confronted.

Many scientists agree that climate change is occurring faster than expected and therefore requires immediate and robust action. The end...

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Climate change and poor air quality, often caused by methane pollution, disproportionately impact communities that contribute the least to pollution. We cannot live in a truly just society until we address this undue burden. Through his Climate Action Plan, President Obama is beginning to address this issue to ensure equal access to all of earth’s resources including clean water, air and energy, and protect our planet for future generations.

In line with this Climate Action Plan, on May 12, 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency released the first ever federal standards to reduce...

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We are currently facing the largest global refugee crisis since World War II, with 60 million people displaced worldwide, including more than 19 million refugees. The United States has pledge to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria in 2016, yet just over 2,500 have been resettled since the fall. Since May 21, more than 1,000 refugees have died off the coast of Europe.

Sixty million. Ten thousand. Twenty-five hundred. 

The refugee crisis often is described using such shock-value numbers, but what do these numbers mean to us?

The beginning of Parashat Naso continues the...

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On Shavuot, as we celebrate receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai, we also celebrate the beginning of the harvest and the connection between the earth, God and us. Receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai includes accepting the teachings and values of the Torah that guide our daily lives. The Torah teaches: “The choice first fruits of your soil you shall bring to the house of the Eternal your God” (Exodus 23:19). This request of the first fruits of the harvest highlights the value of our produce. Today, we are often so disconnected from where our food comes from that we can forget the value of what...

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Food insecurity impacts communities across the country and the world. 795 million people – one in nine people worldwide – are still hungry and 159 million children are chronically malnourished. Over consumption of resources and climate change are putting pressures on our planet that it can’t sustain. As a result, another two billion people are expected to be undernourished by 2050, but efficient land use and sustainable practices can change that.

Food insecurity causes has many grave impacts. Increased conflict and migration, resulting from lack of access to food and water, has put...

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