After the great biblical flood, G-d declared that never again would there be such a phenomenon of flooding. However, the world is now facing such a threat of great flooding and more, as the impacts of climate change worsen across the globe. This threat comes not from God, but from human industrial development.
At conference after conference and negotiation after negotiation, world leaders have discussed and deliberated on climate change, and have not yet succeeded in addressing this crisis with the urgency and intensity that is needed. The United States, especially, has blocked certain important climate agreements and failed to agree to other ones, like the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. A timeline of international climate negotiations can be found here.
The next round of negotiations begins today, December 1, in Lima, Peru. Across the world, religious individuals and communities of faith are gathering together in interfaith vigils. So far, 35 vigils have been organized globally by Our Voices and its supporters to shine a "Light for Lima". In Boston, Jewish organizations and synagogues are joining other faith groups for Boston's Light for Lima vigil, which will be held on Sunday, December 7, 5 PM at Faneuil Hall. The Massachusetts Board of Rabbis and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts join JCAN and other Jewish groups in co-sponsoring this event.
In a time of growing danger, we can find strength and faith in our community's prayers for a better world, a world of shalom, tzedek v'or (peace, justice and light). Join JCAN and many others on Sunday to shine a righteous light, towards the negotiations in Lima and to the whole world.
RSVP to the event on Facebook by clicking this link: bit.ly/LightForLimaBoston