Jennifer Bell, Rabinowitz Communications, Jennifer@rabinowitz.com, 202-265-3000
NEW YORK – Following the announcement of a historic U.S.-China pact to reduce carbon emissions, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and its initiative the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) applauded the agreement as an encouraging sign of international cooperation towards protecting the environment.
“Simply and obviously, global climate change is a global problem. Every nation has a role to play in addressing this challenge, but no nation can solve it alone,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “The agreement between the United States and China, the two largest economies in the world, demonstrates that we can work together to address worldwide problems. We hope that this historic pact between the U.S. and China will inspire the world and set a precedent for the upcoming meetings in Lima and Paris and result in other countries committing to environmental justice by battling climate change.”
“This is the best world news in a long time,” said COEJL Chair Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb. “As stewards of Creation, we are morally obligated to do all we can to preserve the Earth for generations to come. The world’s largest carbon emitters have now agreed to meaningfully combat climate change, and China is the first ‘developing’ nation to commit to such a target. Though this agreement helps greatly, it will not suffice. Driven both by Jewish values and enlightened self-interest, we must continue to press for robust engagement, and real emissions reductions.”
JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.
COEJL has been an initiative of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs since 1993 and serves as the Jewish partner in the National Religious Partnership on the Environment. Today, COEJL’s priorities are to mobilize the Jewish community to address the climate crisis through advocacy for appropriate legislation as well as action to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions.