Tu B’Shvat: The Greening of Judaism

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Tu B’Shvat: The Greening of Judaism is a handout from Interfaith Family. It offers a brief overview of Tu B’Shvat and different activities to celebrate the holiday. It also offers examples of how to be caretakers of the earth. To read the entire handout, click here.  

Tu B’Shvat Seder Leader’s Guide

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Hazon has created a handout on Tu B’Shvat and how to properly celebrate the holiday. The guide offers a history of Tu B’Shvat, activities, songs, and more. To view or download the entire handout, click here.

Quotes on the Preservation of Israel’s Environment

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The Green Zionist Alliance has created an article of quotes that focus on Israel’s environment. To read the entire article, click here.

The Green Zionist Alliance

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The Green Zionist Alliance offers a place for all people who care about humanity’s responsibility to preserve the Earth, specifically the Jewish peoples responsibility to preserve the ecology of Israel. They work to educate and mobilize people around the world for Israel’s environment and to improve environmental practices by working for positive change in all people. To read more on the Green Zionist Alliance, click here.

Tu B’Shvat: Trees’ ReBirth Day

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The Jewish festival of Tu B’Shvat, also known as the New Year for Trees, celebrates the ReBirthDay of earthly trees and of the sacred and supernal Tree of Life. The celebration begins on January 30th and ends January 31st. It is celebrated with a Seder in which the menu is the fruits and nuts that are given by the trees. As a special aspect of their climate-crisis work, The Shalom Center is inviting people to create a special Trees of Life Fund for reforestation in the US. You can contribute by clicking here. To read more about Tu B’Shvat click here.

A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-Crisis from David Loy

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This short video consists of David Loy discussing the Buddhist perspective on the Eco-crisis. He begins to describe anata, the belief that all things are constantly changing and there can be no such thing as a permanent self, and dukkha, which is the idea that human experience is short-lived and suffering results from excessive desire.  These ideas come together to describe the Buddhist idea that there is no “self”. Loy says that, “our sense of self is usually haunted by a sense of lack.” This sense of lack and false sense of “self,” create issues for people that can be related to consumerism, the Eco-crisis, and more. To watch the entire video, click here.

Fasting for Climate Justice

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Fasting for Climate Justice is a resource from Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM ) on the practice of fasting for climate action through two initiatives: meatless Fridays and monthly fasting. The GCCM encourages abstinence from meat on Fridays as a way to reduce one’s negative impact on global climate change. The GCCM also promotes fasting for the climate which takes place the first day of each month. To read the entire resource, click here.

Homily Help

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Homily Helps is a resource from Catholic Climate Covenant that offers resources that help to integrate the insights of Laudato Si’ and caring for creation into Sunday mass. It includes highlights from the Scripture, relevant quotations from Laudato Si’, sample applications, and more. To download the entire resource, click here.

17 Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

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17 Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint is a guide from Catholic Climate Movement that offers ways to reduce your carbon footprint when travelling, in home energy, and in food. To read the entire guide, click here.

Start 2018 by Speaking up for God’s Creation

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Young Evangelicals for Climate Action posted an article on how to speak up for God’s creation. The article focuses on The Clean Power Plan and how to effectively speak up to stop the repeal and replace of the plan. To read the entire article, click here.