IGN 10-2
Is religion a problem or a solution for global environmental issues? Insights from the Jewish tradition

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
313, Sacramento Convention Center
Kenneth M. Klemow , Biology, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
The Torah offers many lessons that involve nature, giving Jews an interesting and complex view of our environment.  But it sends mixed messages about how humanity should relate to the natural world.  Genesis 1:28 tells us to subdue and rule over every living thing.  But Genesis 2:15 directs us to serve as a guardian.  Later passages and interpretations offer many pro-environmental perspectives.  So while urbanized Jews of the Diaspora have become largely divorced from nature, surveys suggest that modern Jews have strong environmental attitudes, perhaps thanks to those teachings. Organizations such as COEJL promote Jewish action on environmental issues.