Many of Sinai and Synapses’ projects and participants have been invested in the question of making an appeal to stop climate change through faith leaders, who are the most trusted authority for many people. But what if this process could be mutually beneficial, creating peace between different religious groups as well as peace in our environment? Rabbi Daniel Swartz has been active in the process. Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, Rabbi Swartz was part of a group of 40 faith leaders and 10 scientists to develop an appeal to world leaders about climate change, which was just brought to the Vatican to be signed by the Pope. On Monday, October 18th, he will travel with members of other faith groups to the State Department to highlight the need for urgent action.
Rabbi Daniel Swartz is the Executive Director of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), which has engaged Jewish organizations and individuals in environmental advocacy and programs for 25 years as part of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE). He has also worked with Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, NRPE, Children’s Environmental Health Network and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
Next week, on Tuesday, October 19 at 2 PM Eastern, we will be speaking with Dr. Yair Lior, founder of Scholarium and Professor at Boston University, whose focus is the scientific study of religion, applying systems theory, information theory, and a cultural evolutionary framework to comparative religion, with special emphasis on Chinese religions.
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