UK Chief Rabbi Calls for “Environmental Shabbos”


rabbi-sacksBritain’s chief rabbi has called for a Shabbos devoted to the environment ahead of the climate talks due to be held next week in Copenhagen.

 Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says he wants this Shabbos to be focused on environmental issues and has asked Jews across the UK to pray for sustainable habits of consumption and energy use.

 The 61-year-old chief rabbi says he realizes that there are disagreements over climate change but that “there are some risks you just don’t take … and one is the risk of endangering the very viability of life on earth.”

Rabbi Sacks spoke as world leaders prepare to meet on reducing emissions at an upcoming United Nations summit in Denmark, which begins Monday.

{Seattle Times/Noam Newscenter}