The JCAN-MA for the 3rd Jewish Climate Action Conference: Everything is Connected occurred April 25, 2021. Over 550 people attended. The 40 sessions focused on carbon reduction, advocacy, spiritual resilience, soil and agriculture, raised up the voices of youth, and addressed environmental justice. The day-long event was geared toward action solutions and strengthening the national Jewish climate action network. Opportunities are still available for connecting with other climate activists in your geographic region or with similar interests.
AT THE CONFERENCE ATTENDEES:
The uninhibited energy of young people has been a boon to many social movements, particularly in the climate movement in the U.S. through the Sunrise Movement. But youth can benefit from mentoring by more experienced veterans of the movements. To provide hands-on instruction that directly guides young people pursuing environmental justice, the Israeli organization Green Course created their School for Environmental Activism in 2018. It has shepherded a couple notable organizational successes, and is a model that can be repeated in other countries.
The world is on fire,
laying waste to forest and city.
G!d is my life-force and my wholeness: whom would I fear? (Ps. 27:1)**
May we remain ready and willing to engage with the world.
The ice sheets are collapsing,
and the waters are rising.
G!d is my fortress of strength for my life, whom would I dread?
The MA House Climate Bill passed 147-17 late Friday night 7/31, and it is quite good in many respects: The bill, HB 4933, is a package of amendments to MA S 2500, previously passed in January, led by Senator Michael Barrett of Lexington (“Next Generation Climate Policy”.) One amendment changed the name to “An Act Creating a 2050 Roadmap to a Clean and Thriving Commonwealth “ based on a bill put forward by Rep. Joan Meschino of Plymouth. [ In a forthcoming 'bulletin', JCANners will receive a copy of a one-page 'Roadmap' flyer re: Bill highlights . ]