Vermont Interfaith Action News

What You Can Do to Address Climate Change

December 20, 2017

On December 12, Ohavi Zedek hosted a Vermont Interfaith Action event on combatting climate change.  It was a fitting day to do this as it was the first day of Chanukah as well as the two-year anniversary of the Paris Climate Accord.

People from several congregations and OZ braved the first real snow storm of the year to come out to learn about what they could do.  They heard Mayor Miro Weinberger speak of the history and describe the “We’re still in” movement which like minded states and cities created to work to meet the US Paris Accord goals without the help of the federal government. Jennifer Green from Burlington Electric spoke of commitments that were made at a November climate summit by Vermont state and local governments, Vermont businesses, and NGOs. This was followed by Rabbi Amy and five other members of clergy speaking about how their faiths related to what we should all do on climate change – two in absentia due to the snow with their words read by Rabbi Amy.  Everyone then received commitment cards designed to both motivate people to make commitments and to provide material that would help them.

Then it was time to celebrate Chanukah by lighting the candles and saying (and explaining) the blessings. We then had some light refreshments, many with an olive oil theme including both chocolate and orange olive oil cakes and bread that could be dipped into olive oil from the Galilee.  To help people with their commitments, there were eight tables staffed by advocacy groups and organizations that help people reduce one’s carbon footprint.

For those who could not attend, channel 17 filmed it and here is the link:

Here is the commitment card:

  I, personally join Vermont and other “We’re Still In” states in acting to help meet

the US Paris Accord Goals.

To do this, I commit to:

Making a personal dashboard residential commitment.

  Advocating for my house of worship to make a dashboard commitment.

  Joining an advocacy group backing this goal.

Other: __________________________________

Signed __________________________________


How to make a dashboard commitment:

  Business/Organizations -

 Individuals - , click the green "add new action" to register or click on download checklist to get the residential check list.


List of some advocacy groups or businesses working to help:


Sierra Club


Indigenous Environmental Network

Union of Concerned Scientists

Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG)

Vermont Power and Light

Burlington Electric – Their website includes actions that you can join.

Efficiency Vermont – Their website provides advise on helpful actions   - Invest in fossil free funds