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December 15, 2014
Jennifer Bell, Rabinowitz Communications, Jennifer@rabinowitz.com, 202-265-3000
NEW YORK – Sunday morning, top leaders from nearly 200 countries agreed to The Lima Accord, a global pact to work together to tackle climate change. Each nation is expected to enact domestic legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions. These plans will be the basis for further negotiations in Paris next year. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) welcome this next important step and continue to urge American leadership at next year’s Paris meeting.
“The Lima Accord is an important step in the global fight against climate change, giving advocates and leaders a clearer path to a successful outcome in Paris,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “But this agreement places the onus on us. We in America must continue—both in big ways and small—to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and to take additional measures as we make these reductions to ameliorate their impact on the poor in this country. As we make our nation’s proposal to Paris, Americans must recognize that each one of us, and every level of government, have roles to play. We are the stewards of God’s green earth and must remember that the United Nations path is the culmination of the work done by every country involved. It is up to all of us to begin the work and up to the nations in Paris to complete the task.”
“As members of the international community agreed this week, we share a calling to protect our environment, confront climate change and strive for environmental justice,” said COEJL Chair Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb. “Yet Lima is not nearly enough. We need to think like Maccabees, our ancestors who got a massive eight-fold increase in energy efficiency from a jug of oil. The Lima agreement is only for a few percentage points. It’s a real improvement, but it still falls short of the ambitious targets the scientific community has set. On the eve of Hannukah, let’s celebrate these small steps then rededicate ourselves to doing all that must be done.”
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 at 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.