Faith and climate change

A conference in Israel focuses on how religions can play a role in protecting the environment

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
May 30, 2018 14:10
During a breakaway session of the Interfaith Climate Change and Renewable Energy conference in Jerus

During a breakaway session of the Interfaith Climate Change and Renewable Energy conference in Jerusalem, African seminarian students, instructors and rabbinical students discuss ways of including environmental awareness in their curriculum so that it can become a part of their and their parishioner. (photo credit: Courtesy)

THE CLIMATE crisis the world is facing today is not one created by technology but rather one of values, said Prof. Alon Tal, the head of the Department of Public Policy of Tel Aviv University, who is originally from the US. A founder of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and a cofounder of Ecopeace, Tal is a member of Kibbutz Ketura located in the Arava.

Tal was speaking at a recent conference, which brought together religious leaders and other peoples of faith, as well as those who consider themselves secular, to discuss how faith can be used to encourage actions to counter climate change and specifically support the use of renewable energy. Faith and belief have a critical role to play in motivating people to transform their behavior to one that protects rather than harms the environment, he said.

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