For Immediate Release: June 28, 2016
Contact: Liya Rechtman, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – The Rabbinical Assembly, an international association of Conservative rabbis, has passed a resolution in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement (2015) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Green Climate Fund resources – offered by both developed and developing countries — will be used to aid adaptation and mitigation efforts in the nations most vulnerable to climate change.
In response to the Rabbinical Assembly’s resolution, COEJL Manager Liya Rechtman made the following statement:
“Leadership from the faith community, and particularly the Jewish community, is vital in the fight to combat climate change. The Rabbinical Assembly’s resolution shows a steadfast commitment to environmentalism and the protection of our shared earth. The Jewish community has historically served as stalwart defenders of moral climate policy.
Our Jewish values teach us that we must be stewards for God’s creation. In the Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabba (7:20), we read: “Pay heed that you do not corrupt and destroy my world; for if you corrupt it there is no one to repair it after you.” And in Genesis (2:15), we read: “Now the Lord God took the man, and He placed him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to guard it.”
Support of the Paris Agreement and Green Climate Fund is essential in our obligation as Jews to protect and guard the earth for generations to come. To this end, COEJL, with the help of our coalition partners and faith groups like the Rabbinical Assembly, will continue to work together to combat climate change and protect those most vulnerable communities from serious negative impacts.”
COEJL is an initiative of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and the Jewish partner to the National Religious Partnership on the Environment. The JCPA is the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community and serves as the advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local Jewish community relations organizations.