Climate change has presented us with one of the most profound challenges ever faced by human civilisation. It requires each of us to change our habits, to engage in pursuits which may not come naturally, which may be inconvenient, and which may even cause us pain.
Mobilising the Jewish community
on climate change and the
Shema aims to make sure Jewish people and organisations know what they can do individually and collectively for our environment and for people. Shema links up initiatives within and beyond the community, convening people, creating discussion and building networks.
The Shema is the central Jewish prayer, recited twice-daily containing the injunction to ‘hear’
‘Shema’ is a resonant term for Jews; the active consequence of having heard properly and irrevocably
Pikuach Nefesh / Protecting life
We have a Jewish obligation to make every effort to protect and save life. Climate change is a significant threat to all human beings and the entire natural world
Tzedek / Justice
The poor and vulnerable worldwide are disproportionately affected by all forms of environmental degradation, including climate change. Pursuing justice means advancing the goal of sustainable and equitable development
Tikkun Olam / Repairing the world
Protecting the world and healing that which we have broken is an ancient Jewish concept that has become a central modern Jewish value, both in terms of social justice and the environment
Gemilut Hasadim / Loving-Kindness
If we are seriously addressing climate change, we must begin with a profound change in our relationship with each other and the natural world – we need to start from a place of love and compassion rather than exploitation
Tikva / Hope
The Jewish people has endlessly adapted itself to overcome threats to its very existence. We have stared down destruction and emerged with hope. Our resilience and creativity over generations can inspire adaptation in the face of impending ecological crisis
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