Join Reform Jews at the September 24 Climate Mobilization!

On September 25, Pope Francis will speak to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City as the members determine the new Sustainable Development Goals. These goals will guide global leaders in finding a way forward for international development. The Sustainable Development Goals are being finalized this September ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change happening in Paris this December. Both UN gatherings are happening in the wake of global temperature rise, sea level rise, increased droughts and flooding, all due to climate change.

Although Pope Francis does not speak on behalf of all people of faith, his presence at the United Nations gathering is critical because he is the loudest faith voice on an international stage able to deliver a message that we, as Reform Jews, have been saying for many years: we have a moral obligation to protect our planet and our people who are affected by climate change. Our world leaders often miss this moral message, and the emphasis on the connection to our natural resources made by people of faith – Jews alongside Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and other faith traditions around the world.

Last year, scientists, college students, activists, indigenous peoples and people of faith gathered together in New York to represent the interests of people in protecting the environment from climate change at the People’s Climate March. I travelled from the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. to attend the People’s Climate March last September. I marched with Reform Jews from the tri-state area, all of us demonstrating our commitment to combatting climate change.

This year, the organizers from the People’s Climate March are convening again, to reinforce Pope Francis’s speech to the United Nations, and to remind those decision-makers crafting the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations General Assembly that people around the world care about climate change.

On Thursday, September 24, you can join the Reform Movement as we march with people of all faith traditions in New York and in solidarity with major mobilizations around the world.

You can register here for more information about the Reform Movement’s Climate Mobilization Gathering Point in New York on September 24. If you can’t make it to the mobilization or want to do more, you can sign this action alert letting your Members of Congress know that you care about the Green Climate Fund.

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Liya Rechtman

About Liya Rechtman

Liya Rechtman is a legislative assistant from Brooklyn, New York, where she is a member of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. Liya graduated from Amherst College.

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