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Local Jewish leaders call for Chase Bank to divest from fossil fuels: ‘Move your dough!’

Evanston RoundTable

Wednesday’s Climate Action Rally, hosted at Fountain Square, would have been incomplete without matzah.

Participants clutched pieces of the Jewish flatbread while demanding that Chase Bank, located across the street, divest from fossil fuels and strive for zero emissions.

The unleavened bread, which is part of the annual Seder service, symbolizes urgency, a feeling that also characterizes the need for climate action, said attendee Sally Nador, a member of Congregation Hakafa.

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Does getting arrested at a climate protest help reduce emissions? A Jewish expert weighs in.

JTA

Our chances of averting climate catastrophe are narrowing to the point of no return, top scientists said last week in a series of landmark reports put out by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The emission of greenhouse gasses must start winding down and the switch to a low carbon economy must happen by 2025 or else civilization is at risk, according to the scientists who represent dozens of countries and disciplines.

One of many experts issuing the warning is Dana Fisher, a professor of sociology and the director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland. Inspired to act by her Jewish heritage, Fisher also serves on the advisory board of the Jewish climate advocacy group Dayenu.

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This Passover we’re targeting BlackRock’s ‘schmutzy’ climate record in S.F.

JWeekly

As a college student, I find that one of the biggest arguments I get into with my Jewish parents around the seder table is whether I will one day have kids myself. I love watching children at shul during the High Holidays and being a counselor at Jewish summer camp, but I don’t know if I want to ever have kids.

This prospect terrifies my parents. The main reason for my uncertainty is climate change. How can I bring children into a world where we expect to cause more fires, floods and famines, more storms, droughts, epidemics and all of the other plagues that are forecasted for our future?

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22 Faith Leaders To Watch in 2022

Center for American Progress

Faith-based advocacy groups have been busy during the first year of the Biden administration. There is no shortage of powerful activism—from advocating for a wide range of policies concerning immigration and refugee issues, building an economy for all by expanding the social safety net, and defending democracy at home and abroad, to fighting for the dignity of LGBTQI+ people, addressing climate change, and stressing the spiritual elements of voting rights.

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Stopping Putin starts with holding the fossil fuel industry accountable

The Forward

Purim is, among other things, a festival of blame. We gather as a community to publicly name and boo the bad guy.

I have always hated this aspect of Purim; it feels wrong to revel in the evil of another human being. As a kid, I would cover my ears and shift uncomfortably in my seat. As an adult, I try not to focus on the final chapters where we read about the violent vengeance wrought by the hanging of Haman’s sons.

But the Megillah is unfurled each year for good reason: it’s a warning that evil really does exist in the world, and that we as Jews have the power to stop it in its tracks.

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Dayenu rolls out fossil fuel divestment campaign

eJP

As it rolls out a multiyear campaign to press financial institutions to divest from fossil fuels, Dayenu, a Jewish group combating climate change, does not plan to place pressure on the endowments of Jewish organizations, Dayenu CEO Rabbi Jennie Rosenn told eJewishPhilanthropy.

The campaign, called “All Our Might,” is being launched tonight at a virtual event and will initially focus on pressuring asset managers, investors and banks to divest from fossil fuels. Its name is drawn from the first paragraph of the Shema, and it comes after a year when two New York City pension funds as well as Harvard University announced that they would no longer invest in companies that burn coal, oil and natural gas.

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Roadblocks ahead as activists push for Jewish fossil fuel divestment

J Weekly

When Beth Sirull took over the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego five years ago, she moved quickly to offer its donors — including local Jewish groups — the option to put their money in a fund that “applies a Jewish lens” to its investments. That meant buying Israel bonds, bankrolling affordable housing and using shareholder advocacy to push companies on social and environmental causes.

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Lisa Colton has great big bold ideas on Jews and climate change

The Forward

Lisa Colton plans to galvanize the Jewish community around climate change the same way she once sold Girl Scout cookies: with new ideas. As a scout, Colton purchased a box of each flavor cookie with her own money, cut the individual cookies into small pieces and offered them as samples. She sold more than 1,000 boxes.

Now at 47 years old, Colton, who lives in Seattle in Washington State, has applied her marketing smarts to causes she cares about. She spearheaded last year’s The Great Big Jewish Food Fest and the upcoming The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest. The latter runs next Monday thru Friday to coincide with Tu B’Shvat, starting Sunday evening.

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Climate change is here: It’s time for Jews to take action

eJP

As American Jews, we have long played active roles in our world’s most pressing challenges and crises. This was true of the Black-led Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and efforts to end the genocide in Darfur in the 2000s. Our current climate crisis demands our attention, our action and our voice. We are facing an existential threat at a scale unlike anything humans have faced in history; the Jewish community must bring all of its people and power to ensure a livable and sustainable planet for generations to come.

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