The Beth El Climate Team is an active group made up of members from our temple's Building Committee, Social Action Committee, and congregation at large. We come together around our deep concern about, and determination to address, the imminent danger of climate change.
Climate change is a moral issue that the Beth El Temple Center community can and should act on, in accordance with the temple’s mission to repair the world (tikkun olam). Our goal is to inspire the congregation and wider community to promote clean energy and sustainability.
The year in review....
We celebrate our 2016-17 accomplishments, which include:
- Benchmarking and monitoring the temples energy usage
- Facilitating the scheduling of temple energy audits
- Educating temple members about climate change and action opportunities
- Encouraging conservation and sustainability in our building and practices
- Working to improve the temple's recycling program
- Promoting the use of china dishes and metal flatware at temple events
- Co-sponsoring electric vehicle informational/test-driving events with Belmont Drives Electric
- Exploring the feasibility of solarizing the temple roof
In addition to continuing the work described above, we will be working with clergy and the Board of Trustees to develop, commit to, and achieve, an ever more ambitious and publicly visible reduction of BETC’s carbon emissions, in keeping with the 2016 Paris Agreement and the We Are Still In campaign.
In May 2018 the Climate Team initiated a program that can benefit the environment and BETC at the same time: through Black Earth Compost, we have the opportunity to divert home food scraps from the landfill and turn them into compost with a weekly curbside pick-up service. The program is more fully described here.
How YOU Can Get Involved
- Attend one or more of our regular 3rd Tuesday meetings (check the BETC newsletter or list-serve for announcements)
- Assist in one or more of our projects
- Stay alert about recycling when you're at the Temple. Here are the Town of Belmont's rules about what can be recycled
For more opportunities to get involved, check out this list of community, state, and national organizations that share our concerns:
Citizens Climate Lobby - https://citizensclimatelobby.org
Climate XChange - https://climate-xchange.org
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
Hazon - https://hazon.org
Interfaith Power & Light - http://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org
Jewish Climate Action Network - www.jewishclimate.org
Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition - http://lexgwac.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