Years ago, I used to lie in my bed at Camp Tel Yehudah and listen to the water flowing in the Delaware River just behind my cabin. Today, I am reminded of my camping days as I worry about the natural gas rush that threatens to pollute the water supplies of 15 million people who get their drinking water from the Delaware River watershed.
Climate activists are banding together, claiming that December’s United Nations Summit on Climate Change was a turning point in the movement for climate action, which has taken a small group of insiders and is turning it into a grass-roots global juggernaut. More than 20,000 NGO representatives registered for the Copenhagen summit, and many stood outside the conference venue for hours because it was too small to accommodate the large crowds. Jewish activists were there, alongside activists of other faiths who believe that mobilizing their co-religionists is key to addressing the climate crisis.