Environment

Food Justice and Personal Rewilding as Social Movements

Social and food justice: If you truly believe in social justice you might want to rethink whom you eat In her excellent essay, Dr. Hope Ferdowsian clearly showed “Why Justice for Animals Is the Social Movement of Our Time.” Here, I want …
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Nigel Savage of Hazon on a Jewish Food Movement

Nigel Savage is the founder and executive director of Hazon, one of the most significant new organizations in Jewish life in the past several decades, focused on food policy Tikkun magazine’s Sprint 2016 print edition is focused on food policy, and this article should be read in conjunction with the articles in that issue which are not primarily focused on how these issues play out in the Jewish world, but rather on the worldwide food crisis and how to solve it. Hazon is certainly part of that solution, so we are delighted to have this opportunity to present to you some of the thinking of its most visionary leader. Rather than break up the text with questions from Tikkun, we’ve mostly eliminated the questions and tried to tie together different parts of what Nigel Savage is saying to enhance the flow of the article.To get the Food Policy edition of Tikkun, subscribe at www.tikkun.org/subscribe. To get more info about Hazon, please go to www.hazon.org
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Politics & Society

Rethinking Agriculture: Protecting Biodiversity Amid Climate Chaos

Biodiverse systems are more resilient to climate change. As the oceans rise, we must hasten to stop the spread of monocultures and protect biodiversity.
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Climate Change

A Brief Melting Moment

“Look how that rock dust is basically burning into the ice, transmitting and intensifying the heat of the sun,” said Jeff, leaning over my shoulder. “The huge streams of water that are pouring into the crevasses are breaking up the glacier’s underbody and lubricating its passage toward the sea.” However immobile it might appear, I could now sense how that glacier was collapsing underneath itself, letting loose its thousand-year life in a muddy, rock-strewn river rushing to the Arctic Sea.
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Environment

A Real Solution to Environmental Sustainability

As long as corporations have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize the investments of their stockholders, they have no choice but to make profits their “bottom line.” But we are promoting a New Bottom Line, so that every corporation, government policy, our legal system, health care system, educational system, and every other major system is judged efficient, rational and productive to the extent that they maximize love and caring, environmental sustainability and responsibility, ethical behavior and generosity, and our capacities to respond to the Earth with radical amazement, of which we are an important part.
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Environment

What Does Sustainability Feel Like?

The phenomena we embrace are embraced precisely because of their exuberance—justice, prosperity, and sustainability. Our failing is that we reach for them with tools that will never capture their essence, be they words, statistics, or dollars.
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Environmental Activism

Diversity is the Lifeline for the Future of the Climate Movement

While climate change will negatively impact all of us, people of color and low-income communities will be hit the hardest and have the fewest resources to adapt to the challenges, such as extreme weather and poor air quality, that climate change will bring. Yet, these communities are often underrepresented, if not left out completely.
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Climate Change

Climate Change and the Right to Hope

To what extent is a lack of hope to blame for our inaction on the climate?
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Eco-Spirituality

Love Is Stronger Than Stewardship: A Cosmic Christ Path to Planetary Survival

“Stewardship” is a tired old idea. Let’s stop talking about duty and start talking about the sacredness of creation! The light of Christ is in all beings.
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Hinduism

Dharma and Ahimsa: A Hindu Take on Environmental Stewardship

The dharmic concept of ahimsa (“not to injure”) demands that we take personal and political action to protect the environment.
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Qur'an

Looking to the Qur’an in an Age of Climate Disaster

The Qur’an instructs us to live lightly on this earth. From Zanzibar to Indonesia, Islamic ethics are guiding new conservation efforts.
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Eco-Spirituality

Prayer as if the Earth Really Matters

Climate prayer is powerful. Here’s how synagogues can breathe earth awareness into services and activists can make their actions prayerful.
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Environment

Esther Was Vegan Too: On Purim, Let’s Renew Our Struggle to End Factory Farming

From saving water, to helping animals, to decreasing our carbon footprint, the single most effective change we can make is to eat a more plant-based diet. Just as Esther took action to save the Jews, so we can take action to save animals and our planet from extermination.

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Environment

The Big Picture – a Movie I’d Love to Make

I’d start The Big Picture with a frame showing the earth: from every spot on it zillions of people reach their hands toward what they imagine heaven to be and shout to the God they believe in: “Please God, please …
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Environment

Environmentalist Bill McKibben’s Note to Tikkun and the NSP

The fossil fuel companies aren’t normal companies. In the last few years we’ve come to understand that they have five times as much carbon in their reserves as we can safely burn if the world is to meet its agreed climate target of limiting rises in temperature to below 2 degrees. That is to say, if they carry out their business plan, the planet tanks. What this means in turn is that if you hold these stocks you in effect are wagering that the planet will do nothing to limit climate change.
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