There are 35,000 walruses stranded right now on the beaches of northwest Alaska. Walruses, which rely on sea ice to rest periodically, are having a harder and harder time finding it in the Bering Sea due to ice sheets melting from rising global temperatures. Scientists, including those at the Walrus Research Center in Anchorage Alaska, have serious concerns over whether walruses will be able to adapt to shrinking sea ice levels. They may very well become one of the wide array of species that we can expect to go extinct as climate disruption ravages our planet. [embed]http://www.youtube.com/embed/rH77gte9lVI[/embed] And let’s not forget that walruses have a central, if comical, place in our cultural memory: [embed]http://vimeo.com/66989097[/embed] As we head into Yom Kippur and consider the year 5775, let us pray that we will be able to curb the worst effects of climate change and save not only the walruses, but all the species and peoples likely to suffer from the harmful impact we are making on the earth with our unmitigated production of greenhouse gases. We are commanded in Genesis 2:15 to “till the earth and tend it,” and yet we shirk that responsibility when we are inactive in the face of moments like that that demonstrate how quickly and substantially we are destroying the earth. If you are interested in doing more, talk to your congregation about getting involved in GreenFaith certification, take my Tishrei Green Challenge and stop using plastic bags, or tell the Environmental Protection Agency that you support carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.
“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children”
January 11, 2022
The upcoming holiday of Tu BiShvat -- the birthday of the trees - brings back a memory of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the museum is an enormous cross-section of a giant sequoia tree. Standing before it is a sublime experience. The cross-section overwhelms you with its sheer size, inspiring questions about the size of the tree it was cut from.
January 4, 2022
The Religious Action Center is excited to continue our partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America as hosts of the annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD) on February 23 and 24, 2022.
December 17, 2021
We are in a time of great crisis, facing pandemics of systemic racism, poverty, climate change, voter suppression and COVID-19. Millions of Americans experience unemployment, hunger, and housing insecurity, facing the threat of climate change daily. People of Color and other marginalized communities experience the most adverse consequences. And the country continues to face endless attacks on our voting rights and reproductive rights. Before Congress breaks for their winter recess, there is much left to be done.