Noah and the flood.
(photo credit: John Martin)
Two green events – one Jewish, one global – will coincide this weekend as
environmental community projects take place in almost every country
This coming Shabbat we read Parshat Noah – the story of the
flood. Modern-day Jewish environmentalists have latched on to the story because
of its parallels with the world’s current situation.
According to their
reading, all people are threatened by the actions of humankind once again
through climate change and global warming.
In keeping with this, Teva
Ivri, a Jewish environmental NGO, has organized events in several Israeli
The main event is the “Flood Festival” on Jerusalem’s Rehov Emek
Refaim on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will feature a parade, a fair,
children’s activities, lectures and discussion circles. Teva Ivri also offers a
study and activism guide – available on its website, www.tevaivri.org.il – with
sources and advice on how to green one’s community and
Meanwhile, the “350” campaign, spearheaded by US activist Bill
McKibben, has organized 6,631 events in 188 countries around the globe to take
place on Sunday, 10/10/10. They hope to have events in all 192 countries by that
The number 350 refers to the ideal parts per million of carbon
dioxide in the atmosphere according to scientific analysis. Currently, there are
about 390 ppm. in the atmosphere, heading toward 450- 500 if nothing is done.
Such an increase will have drastic effects on the planet’s climate, many
The campaign aims to show global leaders that people
are concerned about global warming and its effects. Under the banner “The Global
Work Party,” locals will embark on a community project to combat global warming.
Even US President Barack Obama is getting into the swing of things by putting
solar panels back on the White House. Former president Jimmy Carter had
installed some during his tenure in the late 1970s.
Events don’t have to
be a massive undertaking – the campaign suggests something as simple as going
for a bike ride or planting a tree, working in a community garden or on an
organic farm. Replacing light bulbs with more efficient CFL or LED ones is also
a good project, according to the campaign’s website, www.350.org.
too, is set to mark the Global Work Party. Friends of the Earth Middle East, the
Israel Bike Association and Tel Aviv Rollers are teaming up to raise awareness
through biking as part of the 350 campaign. A 15-km. bike ride will be held
Saturday along the lower Jordan River, starting at 7:30 a.m.
night, there will be a 20-km. bike ride starting at the Cinematheque square at 8
p.m., followed by a “wild climate party.”
In previous years, the 350
campaign has organized marches in the US, and last year, it arranged global
events to spell out the number 350.