The Jewish Climate Change Campaign was launched in 2009 by Hazon and other partners as a call to action to mobilize the wisdom of Judaism and the resources of the Jewish community to meet the challenges of climate change. At that time we participated in a joint effort of many of the world’s religions to write and commit to seven-year sustainability plans detailing how each religion intends to mobilize its wisdom, resources and members to combat the ecological crisis. The seven-year timescale is a step towards generational change, beyond electoral cycles and short-term political horizons, towards the world that we leave our children.
Our seven-year plan was presented in November 2009 at a ceremony at Windsor Castle, England in front of an audience including the Queen and the Secretary General of the United Nations. This event preceded the global climate negotiations in Copenhagen and Rio. The unified religious voice was one of the many that contributed to the negotiations. This effort was organized by The Alliance of Religions and Conservation in partnership with the United Nations.
The campaign has seen a rejuvenation after the People’s Climate March., on September 21st, 2014. We joined other Jewish organizations in force – one in ten of the organizations marching were Jewish. The People’s Climate March was a unique opportunity for Americans to make clear that we want the United States to cooperate with other countries for a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change. A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone.
The conversation will continue, this fall, at the climate talks in Paris.
This campaign is a call to action, a call to demonstrate that the Jewish people can help light the way to more sustainable living. We are heirs to a tradition that believes that learning and discussion must lead to action. Read, learn, think, but then, act. Be a link in the chain of generations of Jews who take action for a better world.