The Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis have joined as partner organizations supporting the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21. Representing our Movement in New York State, we are hoping for a large turnout of Jewish social justice advocates to speak out on the importance of immediate action on climate change.
More than 1,000 partner organizations are supporting the March, including over 60 Jewish organizations such as HUC-JIR, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Hillel International, the Coalition on the Environment in Jewish Life, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
We are inspired by the words of Genesis 2:15, which commands us to “till and tend” God’s Earth. We also learn from the Talmudic concept of bal tashchit (do not destroy), a universal doctrine that dramatically asserts God’s ownership of the land. Psalm 24 notes, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” From this concept it follows that any act of destruction is an offense against the property of God. Our Movement has long worked to address the devastating effects of climate change, and RJV has long advocated for state policies that reflect these values.
The March coincides with the historic UN Climate Summit, to focus the world’s much needed attention on addressing the challenge of climate change. The March will bring together activists from across the country to urge summit leaders to work together to create global policies that will reduce global warming pollution.
Sunday, September 21, 11:30 a.m.
Meet up with other Reform Jewish groups on 58th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
The People’s Climate March will begin at 11:30am on Sunday, September 21st in the area directly north of Columbus Circle and will continue down 6th Avenue to 42nd Street to 11th Avenue.
Learn more about the March at these links:
- find more about the logistics of the People’s Climate March here
- sign up to volunteer with the March
- see the full schedule of events related to the People’s Climate March here