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Are we making progress toward tikkun olam (healing the earth), or aren’t we? And if we are, how do we know?

Those questions struck Seattle photographer Yoram Benet last year, when he took the Sierra Club’s pledge to reduce his CO2 output by 2% in 2008, and realized he had no way to tell whether he was accomplishing the goal or not.

As social justice chair of the Kavana Cooperative, he met community activist Rabbi Zari Weiss, who was looking for good ways to engage the Jewish community in carbon reduction. They hatched the Jewish Climate Challenge.

The two cornerstones of the effort are:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 September 2009 08:50 )

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Israel and the environment

THE mountain near Ben Gurion Airport looks like the base of an Egyptian pyramid. But it’s neither ancient nor made of stone. It’s Hiria landfill — more than 560 million cubic feet of garbage collected on 2000 acres since 1952, from the Tel Aviv-Yafo metro area.

It illustrates the massive environmental challenges facing the 7.2 million people who live on this “island” called Israel.

We all live on islands: Earth is an island of life in space, continents are islands on earth, and downscale from there are countries, cities and the properties we call “home.”

Islanders pushing against resource limits must act to survive, or become extinct. Israelis, pressured to live within Mother Nature’s means, are showing ingenuity that can instruct all of us facing similar challenges.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2009 01:10 )

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