"It is not your part to finish the task, yet you are not free to desist from it."
During this time of pivotal global environmental challenge, we have a unique opportunity to work together toward a better future on the common ground of a healthy environment, green jobs, and a secure energy future. Our actions include living more sustainably, leaving a smaller carbon footprint, and repairing God's Creation by seeking to share inspiration in the cause rather than facing the struggle alone. By signing this Covenant, I commit, through a campaign facilitated by the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, to join hands with a broad community of Jews working to address this challenge together.
As an INDIVIDUAL CONSUMER – to CHOOSE transportation, food, building, and other options that conserve more, use less, and eliminate unnecessary waste.
As a JEW IN COMMUNITY – to JOIN or to INITIATE communal actions like greening our synagogue, school or workplace, cleaning up trash, planting trees, and creating online activism; to ACT as a model and raise AWARENESS of sustainable behaviors, and to CALL ON others--friends, family, colleagues-- also to PLEDGE and to ACT.
As a RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN – to ADVOCATE that communal leaders, elected officials, and the media support domestic and international policies that:
* REDUCE environmental degradation and excess resource use;
* PROMOTE American energy independence and security by using less foreign oil and producing more energy from clean, sustainable, domestic sources;
* PROTECT those living in poverty – at home and around the world – from the adverse impacts of the environmental crises of our time; and IMPROVE their conditions and opportunities;
* EMPOWER all people to take part in the new, green economy and help build a sustainable society;
* ASSURE that our world’s environment will be made better for our children and grandchildren and the world’s future generations.