JRF, in keeping with our own movement's resolution on the environment, our commitment as a Jewish People, and as stewards of the health and welfare of the planet, has joined as a sponsor and coalition member of The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and the Religious Action Center, "Climate Change Campaign" to address the global warming crisis. This is one of those calls to action that can change how North American Jewry responds to the daunting environmental problems confronting us and future generations.
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The campaign: "A Light Among the Nations" aka "How Many Jews Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?" will engage the Jewish community in education, advocacy, and concrete action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This modern day commemoration of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, will most importantly bring the issue of global climate change front and center in Jewish public life.
A significant part of the campaign will include helping congregations, Jewish institutions, and individuals purchase and install 'energy-efficient', 'cost-effective' compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs during the week of Hanukkah 2006, as part of moving the Jewish community and the country forward in its understanding and support of energy conservation. Our message is as easy as changing a light bulb: If you could conserve energy and help stop global warming in one simple step, wouldn't you? CFLs use 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs. This means less production of greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and toxic waste. If every U.S. household replaced one bulb with a CFL, it would have the same impact as removing one million cars from the road.
Here’s how your JRF community can take immediate action:
The campaign has received enthusiastic support from all of the major
denominations and numerous Jewish institutions. Over one hundred influential leaders from the Jewish community,
synagogues, organizations, and activist groups representing hundreds of thousands more, participated in the initial campaign launch meeting/conference call on July 31st, 2006.
For more information on JRF's involvement in this initiative please contact
Rabbi Shawn Zevit, Director of Outreach, External Affairs and Tikkun Olam at SZevit@jrf.org.