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US has Moral Obligation to Respond to Climate Change

For Immediate Release:  November 30, 2011 Statement from the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) in response to today’s Climate Ethics Campaign announcement: “We applaud today’s announcement of the Climate Ethics Campaign. The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) joins its call ‘for U.S. leadership to recognize their moral and ethical obligation to respond to climate change.”’ We have a duty to people everywhere on earth, and to all future generations, to enact policies that protect Creation and prepare for the consequences of climate change. COEJL is committed to lowering the American Jewish community’s emissions of greenhouse gases. Climate change is a real, dangerous, and rapidly worsening problem, with profound moral and ethical implications. The time for action is now. We hope U.S. negotiators at the current United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa, will reflect these principles in their actions. This statement can be attributed to COEJL Director Sybil Sanchez, one of several COEJL members who signed the Climate Ethics Campaign declaration including co-chair Mitchell Thomashow, Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Terry Gips, and Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield. The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) deepens and broadens the Jewish community’s commitment to the stewardship and protection of the earth.  Through a network of 27 national organizations and 125 communal relations agencies, COEJL is mobilizing the Jewish community to address today’s energy and climate change crisis. COEJL is an initiative of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
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