New York, NY – With the House of Representatives passing a major reconciliation package, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, issued the following statement:
“Today, the House of Representatives took a long overdue step toward addressing the climate crisis. The United States government is finally on the precipice of approving transformative investments in clean energy solutions that will lead to a more just and sustainable future for all.
“In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the generations that follow our biblical ancestors, and God promises: ‘I will make your offspring as numerous as the grains of sand along the sea.’ Our collective future is at stake today – and our fight is far from over.
“Already, the fossil fuel industry has successfully lobbied to whittle down the scope of this package. Our children and our children’s children cannot afford the price of delay or inaction. It is imperative that the Senate act without delay to pass this legislation into law. If we want to ensure a thriving planet and society l’dor va’dor, from generation to generation, our leaders must act urgently and pass the full Build Back Better agenda.
“We are grateful for the tireless efforts of grassroots and organizational leaders across the country, whose relentless advocacy helped make House passage a reality. It is thanks to the multiracial, multigenerational, multifaith coalition mobilized across the country that we stand close to the climate action we so desperately need.”