Call to act on cli­mate change

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

COM­MU­NITY MEM­BERS have been urged to lobby their lo­cal MPs over cli­mate change.

The call came at the Board of Deputies’ first ever fo­rum on the is­sue.

Syn­a­gogue mem­bers were also urged to raise cli­mate change at meet­ings of their shul boards.

Emer­i­tus rabbi of Finch­ley Re­form Syn­a­gogue Rabbi Jeffrey New­man told the 70 peo­ple at the fo­rum that there should be a Jewish re­sponse to en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. “We need to work to­gether,” he said.

The Board has pre­pared pre-writ­ten post­cards to be sent to MPs ask­ing them to com­mit to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals.

Vet­eran en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paigner Jonathon Por­ritt warned that cli­mate change rep­re­sented an “ex­is­ten­tial risk to hu­mankind”.

He ap­plauded Pope Fran­cis who spoke about the is­sue on his re­cent visit to the United States, call­ing him a “game changer” for faith groups re­spond­ing to the prob­lem.

Board of Deputies vice-pres­i­dent Sheila Ge­wolb closed the fo­rum. She said: “This is an is­sue that af­fects us all. A Jewish re­sponse is vi­tal.”

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