Year of Jewish Policy Engagement on the Environment

Canfei Nesharim is partnering with the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, through our Jewcology project, in a 2014 Year of Engagement.

Become a partner in engaging your community this year!

Together, we will organize Jewish campaigns throughout the year to help you learn about opportunities to make a difference on key environmental issues at the national and state level, to get to know your elected representatives, and to engage your community.

How can Jewish environmental advocacy make a difference? The Jewish community has a long history of championing support for Israel and social justice causes. For the last twenty years, we have been learning and changing our behaviors to protect our environment. To address this critical global challenge, it is now time for us to unite in support of sustainable policies that reflect our Jewish interests and values, to make a meaningful impact at the state and national levels and beyond.

 

Campaign #1: Wish Your Reps a Happy Tu Bishvat!YOE sample letter

We begin the Year of Engagement with a simple but effective way to begin a conversation about environmental advocacy with your family, community, and elected officials.  We invite you to send a simple letter to your representatives to wish them a Happy Tu Bishvat and explaining why our nation needs sustainable climate and energy policies.

On Tu Bishvat, many Jewish communities get together for seders and to learn about Jewish environmentalism.  If your community has a shared event, you can invite them to join along with you in your letter.

To help you turn your Tu Bishvat into a policy engagement opportunity, we’ve created:

• How to Turn your Tu Bishvat into a Policy Engagement Opportunity (PDF),

• A template letter for your elected representatives (editable .doc file will download),

• An example letter to show you what it will look like (PDF), and

• some talking points to help you engage your community (PDF).

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to begin to share your views with your elected representatives and your community.  Let us know after you take this action!

Campaign #2: Basics of Advocacy for Jewish Environmentalists: A Citizen Training Webinar

To build a more sustainable society, we need more than just individual action: we also need sustainable policies at the local, state and national level. Many Jewish environmentalists want to get involved with advocacy, but aren’t sure exactly where to start. The advocacy world can feel like a confusing maze. When should I call my representative? What kind of letter will make the most difference? How do you schedule a meeting?

Join COEJL, Canfei Nesharim and Jewcology for Basics of Advocacy for Jewish Environmentalists,” an opportunity to learn about the basic tools of advocacy and how you can make a difference. We explored the challenges and opportunities of advocacy, tools to help you, and practice some specific skills to help you get started.

Recent webinars:

Want to hear about future opportunities? Let us know.

This training requires your active participation, so please plan to have computer, internet and telephone available and to be present for the full 90 minutes. Space is limited. This webinar is free, thanks to the generous support of our Year of Engagement sponsors.

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