Raising our Voices, One Blog Post at a Time

Today, more than 8,000 individuals and organizations in 120 countries will raise their voices together for the 2009 Blog Action Day on climate change. In what is becoming an annual tribute to the power of online media and social networking, Blog Action Day brings together diverse voices throughout the advocacy and activist communities to focus attention – from the grassroots to elected officials – on an urgent issue facing our global community.

The call to action on climate change could not come at a better time. Just two weeks ago, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, and there is a new sense of optimism about the bill moving soon. In December, representatives from around the world will gather in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change conference, where they will attempt to craft an international deal to reduce global carbon emissions and build a sustainable, clean energy future. It is critical for the Senate to act now, and for the U.S. to lead the way at Copenhagen.

And the Union for Reform Judaism and our friends and colleagues throughout the Jewish community have never been more engaged in this work. We are working with partners throughout the faith community to highlight the human impacts – especially on the poor – of climate change, pushing the Senate to take action now, and making cleaner, greener, more sustainable choices in our individual and congregational lives. Next week, as we celebrate Shabbat with the reading of Parashat Noach, Jewish communities around the world will again come together to bring attention to the climate and energy crisis, and take steps to begin the process of healing our broken world.

The goal of Blog Action Day is to create a discussion, and hopefully you’ll take a minute to read and comment on a few posts around the web today. But that is only the beginning, and words without actions carry little weight. Last Sunday, Senators John Kerry and Lindsay Graham together published a bi-partisan road map to successful Senate climate legislation in the New York Times. It’s a powerful piece, but their words alone will do nothing to stop climate change, ensure our energy security, or create green jobs. It is time to move in our own lives, communal lives, and roles as citizens to engage – today and everyday – in action to reduce our carbon footprint and help those who are already facing the consequences of climate change adapt to those environmental, economic, and security challenges.

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Rachel Cohen

About Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen is the Religious Action Center's Sustainability Program Coordinator. She previously served as Senior Legislative Assistant and was a 2008-2009 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant.

One Response to “Raising our Voices, One Blog Post at a Time”

  1. Once the deep mystery of “climate change” has been solved
    And “What’s green and causes CC?” is no longer a popular riddle,
    The legacy of the era most likely will be:
    “Never in recorded history have so many made so much over so little”.
    (With apologies to the late, great Winston Churchill).

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