Unlike previous encyclicals Laudato Si is unique call to action addressing not just the Catholics but all of mankind to act mindfully of how we care for our common home. This past weekend, COEJL Manager Liya Rechtman participated in a panel discussion at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA. Liya shared the significance of climate activism and Pope Francis’ Encyclical for the Jewish community along.
Liya spoke about the Jewish obligation to pursue justice by combating climate change through recognizing its disproportionate impact on lower income communities and communities of color. Climate change is not just an “environmental” issue, but a racial justice, economic justice, and health equity issue. We must do more than just acknowledge climate change is happening but act in our own lives and through our communities and to minimize its impacts.
The panel was moderated by Interfaith Power and Light DC/MD/VA Director Joelle Novey, and joined by panelists Dr. Sarah Spegman, Education and Mobilization Manager from NETWORK and Asma Mahdi, Director of Communications from Green Muslims.