The Beth El Climate Team is a task force made up of interested members of our temple's Building Committee, Social Action Committee, and congregation at large. We come together around our deep concern about the imminent danger of climate change and our determination to do everything we can to reverse it.
Date change for November meeting: The next meeting of the Beth El Climate Team will be on Wednesday, November 16 (instead of our usual 3rd Tuesday), 7:30 - 9:00 pm, in the Temple Library.
In June 2016 we held a Planning & Strategy Meeting in order to clarify our mission statement and goals, and to develop a plan for 5777. We concluded that in light of the temple’s mission to repair the world (tikkun olam), climate change is a moral issue that the Beth El Temple Center community can and should act on, and we agreed that the goal of our team is to continue to inspire the congregation and wider community to promote clean energy and sustainability.
The year in review....
We celebrate our 2015-2016 accomplishments, which include:
- benchmarking the temple energy's usage over the past 2 years
- taking advantage of a free N-Star energy audit
- investigating the current feasibility of putting solar panels on the temple roof
- retrofitting temple light fixtures with LED bulbs wherever possible
- assessing the temple waste flow
- beginning to improve the recycling process throughout the temple building
- piloting the use of reuasable china dishes and metal flatware at smaller temple events
- replacing the older Zonis tables with newer ones to eliminate the need for disposable tablecloths
- screening the educational documentary film "Merchant of Doubt" in collaboration with several other regional climate action organizations
- nurturing an ongoing partnership with the Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN)
- presenting a Social Action Shabbat focused on climate change
In 2016-2017 we will continue to examine opportunities to reduce the temple’s energy usage, promote the temple's use of cleaner energy sources, advocate for climate-friendly legislation, and educate the congregation by raising awareness around current climate issues and actions that can be taken at the temple and at home. We hope many of you will join us in this critical effort.
For your referernce, a listing of other organizations that share our concerns:
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life - http://www.coejl.org/
Concord Climate Action Network - www.concordcan.org
Food and Water Watch - www.foodandwaterwatch.org
Fossil Free - https://gofossilfree.org/
Green Faith - www.greenfaith.org
Interfaith Power & Light - www.massinterfaithcoalition.org
Jewish Climate Action Network - www.jewishclimate.org
Jewish Fossil Free - www.jewishfossilfree.com
Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition - http://lexgwac.org/
MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action - www.massinterfaithcoalition.org
Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light - http://www.mipandl.org/
Mothers Out Front - www.mothersoutfront.org
Massachusetts Sierra Club - http://www.sierraclub.org/massachusetts
Sustainable Arlington - www.sustainablearlington.org
Sustainable Belmont - www.sustainablebelmont.net
Union of Concerned Scientists - www.ucsusa.org
350 - https://350.org/
350 Mass for a Better Future - http://www.betterfutureproject.org/