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tu b’shevat 2016 with icjw

Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year of Trees, falls on Monday January 25, 2016.  It is a time for us to recognise the significance of our relationship with the natural world and our responsibilities to maintain and heal it. 

With the escalating climate change that marks our own time, many Jewish communities re-commit to building a better world through caring for the environment. This affects the world on many levels - creating a cleaner, greener and more sustainable world is a communal act of care for our contemporaries and future generations who will be able to enjoy the natural world that is currently under threat. But becoming greener in our focus and actions also demonstrates responsibility and care for the divine creation, and as Jews we take this stewardship seriously.

ICJW is involved at a number of levels in action for the environment. We have produced three Toolkits for Environmental Sustainability – one for the home, one for running an office or business and a third for holding functions and meetings.

ICJW supports the Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels, recognising that this enables people and communities to take the urgent action necessary to create a greener and cleaner world, protect our environment and future generations.

ICJW also supports the greening of cities around the world – healthy low carbon cities that support vibrant communities. We wish to see in our cities low levels of pollution, exceptional public transport, locally produced renewable energy, energy and water conservation programs and local sustainable food production, all allied to a fair allocation of resources and a dynamic community life.

ICJW has representatives at the UN and strongly supports The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We believe that a healthy, fair and sustainable world can only be created if actions are based on solidarity, common understanding and commitment. Actions for change need to involve all stakeholders and establish equality and justice for social, cultural, regional, and gender rights.

On Tu B’Shevat in 2016 ICJW re-commits to these actions and principles.

Submitted by Dr Anne Morris, Chair, Committee for Environment and Sustainable Development.