The Imperative of Environmental Quality of Life for All: Jewish Perspectives and Resources
Karen Libman and Diane Rayor
We still have an opportunity to join in the “Exodus Alliance,” which began March 19 and continues to May 6, with faith communities from across the world mobilizing for a livable planet. See the March Voice article with more details and visit the website at The Shalom Center https://theshalomcenter.org/.

We encourage participation in their actions during Pesach and checking out Haggadot that center the Earth and Justice, like the Earth Seder or the Freedom Seder Haggadah at
https://opensiddur.org/compilations/table-guides-and-haggadot/passover-seder/the-freedom-seder-haggadah-for-passover-by-the-shalom-center-and-rabbi-arthur-waskow/.

In January, I attended a session in the Jewish Climate Fest about engaging young people in the struggle to mitigate the damage from climate change. The panel spoke about young folk caring about issues more than institutions, having a very broad definition of giving such as within mutual aid and community networks, and focusing on community. For folks to engage there needs to be transparency and trust, as well as building hope and empowerment. This message seems to me to be true of many people of all ages.

That panel also recommended the book All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson. That sounds worth exploring. How can we help our congregation become more active in environmental work? Join international actions such as the Exodus Alliance? Partner with Temple Emanuel or All Souls for specific local projects?

In April, notice the Sacred Grounds native garden budding around the back patio. Let Diane know if you’d like to get your hands dirty.