HUC-JIR/New York Participates in the People's Climate March

Monday, September 22, 2014

Students, faculty, administration, and friends from the New York campus of HUC-JIR participated in the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014 in New York.

"We joyfully added our voices to the hundreds of thousands of others who came to let the world know that climate change is a clear and present danger to our planet," said Dr. Lisa D. Grant, Professor of Jewish Education. "We marched as Jews with countless other religious and secular groups who came together in common cause to urge world leaders to take action for climate justice. It was a day of possibility and promise."

More than 100 Jewish organizations participated in the People’s Climate March in New York as part of the Jewish Climate Campaign. The Jewish participants in Sunday’s march were encouraged to bring and blow shofars to provide a wake-up call to governments and organizations to work to fight climate change. Read more >

The People's Climate March was unprecedented in size and impact and took place just days before a historic summit on climate change with heads of state on September 23, 2014. From Manhattan to Melbourne, more than half a million people took to the streets in a unified global move to demand ambitious commitments from world leaders in tackling the climate crisis. Read more >

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