Call to act on climate change
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.”