June 3, 2014. This week, we are excited to announce some significant environmental developments. First, the Obama Administration today announced a landmark rule to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30%, a rule the JCPA praised as a serious step in addressing pollution and climate change. “A reduction in the carbon pollution caused by the production of energy from coal is absolutely needed today in America,” said JCPA President and COEJL co-chair Rabbi Steve Gutow in a statement. The rule will require states to find cleaner ways of producing power or implement other reforms in energy use that will help to keep them below the new cap.
“Understanding that we are stewards of our environment, the Jewish community has advocated for less pollution and cleaner energy. This rule will give us both,” said JCPA Chair Susan W. Turnbull. “Limiting the amount of carbon pollution we can release into our air is an acknowledgement of our responsibility to and dependence on the environment.”
And reflecting our personal responsibility to be stewards of the environment, the Green Hevra, a network of Jewish environmental initiatives previously convened by COEJL, is releasing Gleanings from Our Field, a new “state of the field” study exploring the growth, scale, focus and challenges facing today’s Jewish environmental field.