The fight against climate change starts with faith
At this time of year, my Jewish community calls upon me to prepare for the new year by taking responsibility for my choices.
So while I was cheered to read last week’s commentary “Maryland’s RGGI choice” (Sept. 8) urging Gov. Larry Hogan to keep Maryland in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, I was disappointed that the final paragraphs shifted the focus away from that decision by lamenting that some nearby states aren’t doing enough to reduce carbon emissions.
As in repentance, too often in responding to climate change we turn away from the tough decisions we face to blame someone else’s mistakes — our wasteful neighbors, other coal-burning countries or, in this case, nearby states.
No one person or one state alone can repair our damaged global climate. But like the piercing sound of the shofar, I hope we’ll hear a moral call to return to the more fruitful question: What is our role, and how can we do the right thing?
What is our state’s role, and how can Maryland choose to lead on climate change?
If we hope to bring neighboring states into RGGI someday, doing right ourselves is the only way to start. In the sweet new year, may it be so.