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Jewish Energy Guide: Repair the World’s Climate by Bill McKibben

Summary: For Bill McKibben, climate change is not only a practical problem but an ethical one. With its distinct moral legacy, the renowned environmental activist and founder of 350.org believes the Jewishe environmental movement is perfectly positioned to respond to the ethical dilemmas at hand.

In the last 20 years, I’ve watched the religious environmental movement grow from nothing — less than nothing, really. Twenty years ago, liberal religious communities thought of the environment as something to get to once poverty and war had been defeated, and many conservative faith groups viewed it as suspiciously pagan.

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Bill McKibben is the author of numerous books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time magazine called him “the planet’s best green journalist” and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was “probably the country’s most important environmentalist.” Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, McKibben holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Jewish Energy Guide presents a comprehensive Jewish approach to the challenges of energy security and climate change and offers a blueprint for the Jewish community to achieve a 14% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by September of 2014, which is the next Shmittah, or sabbatical, year in the Jewish calendar.


The Jewish Energy Guide is part of COEJL’s Jewish Energy Network, a collaborative effort with Jewcology’s Year of Action to engage Jews in energy action and advocacy.The guide was created in partnership with the Green Zionist Alliance.


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