Long before "green" was an environmental adjective, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life was showing what green Judaism looked like. Formed in 1992, the organization has become the taproot for the Jewish response to several mounting environmental crises.
COEJL's website has just gotten a facelift and works better for it. The cleanly designed new homepage has more internal links, including a news section.
An "Issues" archive keeps people informed on COEJL's stances on energy, toxic materials, land and forests, climate change and endangered species.
In a statement, director Sybil Sanchez of COEJL says the website redesign reflects the drive "to galvanize a diverse American Jewish community to stand together with one voice and take concrete action on sustainability, energy and climate change."
In its latest project, the group on Dec. 5 endorsed the National Climate Ethics Campaign, painting the cause as a moral issue.
"We have a duty to people everywhere on earth, and to all future generations, to enact policies that protect Creation and prepare for the consequences of climate change," Sanchez says.
"Climate change is a real, dangerous, and rapidly worsening problem, with profound moral and ethical implications."
Your thoughts? Are matters like global warming and toxic materials matters for religious groups?
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