Climate change is both a global crisis and an immense opportunity. It challenges us all to live better and walk more wisely and responsibly on the Earth. Jewish Climate Initiative mobilizes the wisdom of Jewish teaching and the collective passion and ingenuity of the Jewish people to inspire a vision for the future that matches the magnitude of the challenge.
Jewish Climate Initiative, a branch of Jewish Eco Seminars and The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, created for the purposes of Tikkun Olam – literally “Repairing the World” in Hebrew – by providing a Jewish response to the climate change crisis that threatens the ecosystems of our planet during our lifetimes and the lives of our children.
We believe that the Jewish People has an urgent obligation and unique contribution to global action towards averting the threats of climate change in three critical areas:
- Ethics: The ethical and spiritual wellsprings of Jewish tradition must now be plumbed anew for guidance for the planet as a whole.
- Policy and Activism: Our long experience of passionate activism to improve the world needs to be directed at the critical challenge of climate change.
- Science and Technology: We must apply our skills in technology development and commercialization to those fields that need to be advanced in order to reverse the potentially dire effects of climate change.
Jewish Climate Initiative will be a leading catalyst for development of effective responses to the global climate crisis through the promotion of innovative science, technology and ethical leadership.
In so doing, we will stimulate Israel and the Jewish people to play their full role in humanity’s efforts to ensure a stable future climate for our children.