Washington, D.C., September 25, 2015 – Today, in meetings with President Obama, President Xi Jinping of China announced a commitment to a new cap-and-trade approach to emissions reductions. The Coalition on the Environment in Jewish Life issued the following statement in response:
This announcement is an important step forward for international commitments to emissions reductions. As the threat caused by the climate crisis grows, international cooperation is necessary to mitigate the dangers of climate disruption. The cap-and-trade mechanism that China has announced today is one of many possible mechanisms for a global response to the need to reduce emissions.
Ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France, this December, this announcement gives us hope for a path towards a global response to the problem of climate change. As Jews, we believe that we have an obligation to be stewards of our earth and ensure its preservation for the generations to come after us. Last year we welcomed the U.S.-China agreement to mutually reduce emissions and this year we applaud a concrete plan from China to make good on that promise. This announcement confirms our call to all global leaders in both developing and developed countries to make a strong agreement in Paris this year.
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.