Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
- Marching Since: January 31, 2006
At the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, we recognize climate change to be the defining environmental issue of our time. Global climate change is a threat to future generations, to our flood- and hurricane-vulnerable coastal areas, to our planet’s biodiversity, and to the goals of ending world hunger and healing the sick. According to rabbinical commentary, upon presenting the wonder of creation to Adam, God said: “See my works, how fine and excellent they are! Now all that I created, for you I created. Think upon this, and do not corrupt and desolate my world; for if you corrupt it, there is no one to set it right after you.” (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:28) We would do well to heed these words today.>
In 1991, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) passed a resolution calling upon our congregations and congregants to consciously modify their behavior in order to preserve our planet, as well as to ensure that the economic and health costs of environmental hazards do not disproportionately fall upon poor and minority communities. And in 1998, the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) passed a resolution, “Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change,” which calls on the federal government to negotiate, sign, and ratify binding international agreements to minimize climate change and to appropriate the funds and adopt the policies necessary to meet these agreements. This resolution also calls upon Jewish organizations and Jewish individuals to conduct energy audits of private homes and communal facilities.
Today, by participating in this important virtual march, we rejoice in God’s creation and continue to rise up to fulfill the commandment “L’ovdah u’l’shomrah,” to till and to tend. It is our obligation not just to work the land, but to guard it as well.