Climate crisis demands deep, systemic, transformative change. We are all needed to work for change, as individuals, as communities, as nations, and as a planet. The Jewish Climate Action Network is here to help the Jewish community work together.

JCAN works with area synagogues and Jewish organizations to radically reduce their carbon footprints . Our aim is appropriately high: to achieve incremental reductions of 60% to 80% over the next few years.

“Impossible!” you may say. But it is within our reach, and we must all ultimately aim this high in order to bring about the reductions needed to sustain our planet.

To help individuals and congregations, JCAN has launched its Holistic Carbon Reduction campaign, designed to re-envision Massachusetts's Jewish institutions. This campaign can help your congregation determine the climate impact of its energy consumption, food and waste stream, and finances, and to examine its level of advocacy. The age of climate crisis demands deep, systemic, transformative change. We are all needed to work for change as individuals, as communities, as nations, and as a planet. JCAN helps the Jewish community work together.

What's required to sign on? Finding the right people is key; some tasks require only one person, while other tasks call for working with the facilities committee, the institutions board of directors, or others. Asking others for help is a good opportunity to foster connections, to build community, and to initiate the group that will continue on to the next steps together.

Some congregations have already begun to make energy improvements. But all can learn from each other, so sharing information will be a key component of this work. To facilitate this communication, all participating institutions are invited to send a representative to JCAN leadership meetings.

JCAN Boston has also run a very successful forum for synagogue leaders interested in solar. The video of that forum appears below.

 

To signal your desire to reduce your carbon footprint, fill out this form, or just email your contact info along with your institution's name and city to jewishclimateaction@gmail.com. And then...continue below the form for directions. JCAN will also respond with help and resources. There is no cost or further obligation.

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