Jews Of The Earth Launch Renewable Energy Campaign

“The most pressing moral issue of our day is preserving the earth” writes, Rabbi Rain Zohav, Executive Director of Jews for the Earth. And if we do not stop the acceleration of climate change every single other issue we care about will get worse. This is why we are undertaking a major campaign to start with Jewish institutions and their members to reduce their carbon imprint by switching to renewable energy. There are many other steps we can take and need to take, but we are starting with this one, as some congregations are already leading the way in this endeavor and can coach those who want to join in.

Here is a helpful page for Maryland renewable energy: Buying Green Electricity in Montgomery County
And here is one person who is thrilled to answer your Maryland questions: Nancy Wallace, co-chair, Montgomery Country Green Party

If you live in Montgomery county, MD or PG county there is a limited time offer of getting solar energy from a local solar farm. We have partnered with neighborhood sun for this initiative. For every subscriber that uses this link to subscribe, JOTE will receive a $50.00 dollar donation. They are giving five year contracts that guarantee a lower rate than Pepco. Options are also newly available in Baltimore.

Links to other solar projects: https://www.seia.org/initiatives/community-solar
https://www.energysage.com/community-solar/projects-companies/
http://www.sharedrenewables.org/community-energy-projects

We also suggest these relatively easy and impactful actions:

  • Eat less meat, especially beef. By switching to chicken for your Shabbat meal you reduce methane emission by half, move toward a plant-based diet. Try “meatless Monday”. Become a “MOSHI” – meat on Shabbat (the Sabbat) and Yom Tov (holidays) only, consider vegetarian or vegan.
  • Compost your food and yard waste. Here are some MD companies that will pick up your table scraps for a small fee: http://compostcrew.com/; https://compostcab.com/; OR: use this site to either offer to take others food scraps to compost or deliver your scraps worldwide!: https://www.makesoil.org/
  • Offset your carbon air travel, Think very carefully if you need to take a particular airplane ride. For instance, if this is a work trip, can you arrange a video conference instead? If this is professional development opportunity, are there onlince resources you can use instead? If this a yearly event, can it be alternated with smaller, regional events every other year? If this is a vacation, can you travel somewhere nearer to your home?
    If you decide to ride an airplane, consider the carbon offset options below: http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/
    https://www.tropicalreforestation.org/
    https://nativeenergy.com/our-approach/carbon-offsets/
  • Responsible banking and investing: Find a bank that is investing in environmentally useful projects and where you can invest your money that is not funding fossil fuel here:
    https://www.greenamerica.org/finance
  • Work for a Green amendment in your state. This is in the Maryland legislature right now and will need to go to a referendum, simply stated, “We all have the right to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment. Already passed in PA. for more information:
    https://forthegenerations.org/the-green-amendment/

For a list of the 10 most impactful things needed to reduce CO2 see here.

More information and some of the Biblical teachings that inform all of our work here.

If you would like to support our endeavors, join as an individual and encourage your synagogues or JCC to join as an institution, or join an online support group for environmental activists, click here.
For advice on how to start the conversation in your Jewish setting, contact us at: 240-620-2923.
We must take action now!