The fight against cli­mate change starts with faith

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Joelle Novey, Sil­ver Spring

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.

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