The Paradox of Personal Climate Responsibility – Discussion & Worksheet

Audience: Ages 11 and up

Duration: 15 – 25 minutes


To explore our personal repsonsibility for climate change and it's solutions.

To explore jewish textsrelated to responsibility

Materials: Worksheet (attached) – 1 per group of participants

Pencils & pens


1) Define what is a paradox

"A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth"

2) Divide students into small groups (2-4) and distribute a worksheet and pencil or pen to each group

3) In small groups or all together, read and discuss 'the paradox' – Ask one or two students to explain the paradox in their own words to the whole group.

4) Read and discuss the quotes from Rabbis Tarfon and Nachman and answer the questions posed on the worksheet

5) Ask each group to present their favourite answer to one of the questions & discuss.

Materials developed by Noam Dolgin,

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