NFTY November Advocacy Month: The Environment
Throughout November, NFTY has focused on raising awareness about the environment and encouraging action in response to the threat of climate change. In this week’s blog post, NFTY-GER Social Action Vice President, Lev Freedman explains the urgency of climate action and why it is an issue we should care about as both Americans and Reform Jews.
Below, Lev describes how climate change has impacted his life and why he is passionate about this issue.
We only get one earth, and as far as we know, it’s the only source of life in the entire universe. If we don’t treat it wisely, we may jeopardize the future of humanity. As NFTY-ites, we learn from our Jewish tradition that God requests, “take care, lest you spoil and destroy my world, because if you do, there is no one after you to make it right again” (Kohelet Rabbah 7:13). Climate change is affecting the lives of everyone, everywhere. Extreme weather events, like Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, took the lives of loved ones and left many homeless and helpless. After Hurricane Sandy, I watched my neighbors and loved ones evacuate their homes and cope with living elsewhere until the flooding had subsided. Across the world, my fellow teenagers are dying because of typhoons and forest fires. The Earth and all its inhabitants are suffering because on a daily basis we do the little things that, over time, contribute to climate change.
After reading Lev’s blog post, join NFTY in taking action on climate change by urging your members of Congress to support the Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act, which will identify and promote practices, companies and products that conserve energy, water and other resources through highly efficient supply chains. It would also establish building energy codes for commercial, industrial and other facilities to meet standards for energy efficiency. Take action on climate change and #plantchange.