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Advocacy

At Hazon, we believe advocacy can and must take many forms. From convincing your synagogue to eliminate industrial meat from their weekly kiddish to advocating for greater protections for sustainable agriculture in Federal policy, advocacy changes the world. That’s why we are committed to raising our collective voice locally, nationally, and internationally with our friends, colleagues, neighbors, and partners.

 

Political Advocacy

There are many strong organizations out there doing the hard work of following the issues and helping connect individuals to their elected leaders at the right times with the right messages. Consider connecting with one of our incredible allies and partners to further your involvement or take direct action. 

Partners and Allies

Citizen’s Climate Lobby: A non-religious advocate for policy change, but which has a cohort Jewish Action Group for its members

Dayenu: The largest Jewish voice advocating for policy change

Jewish Earth Alliance: is a grassroots network of partner organizations working together to enable Jews to engage in the policy process as citizens.

Jewish Climate Action Network: Mobilizing communities to take leadership in bold climate campaigns through education and reducing carbon footprints.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment: seeking to encourage people of faith to weave values and programs of care for God’s creation throughout the entire fabric of religious life

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: advocates for federal policy reform for the sustainability of food systems, natural resources, and rural communities

 

Participating Member – These are the advocacy partners and channels Hazon, as an organization, regularly advocates through:

Jewish Social Justice Roundtable

Jewish Earth Alliance

Jewish Climate Action Network: Mobilizing communities to take leadership in bold climate campaigns through education and reducing carbon footprints.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment: seeking to encourage people of faith to weave values and programs of care for God’s creation throughout the entire fabric of religious life

 

Recent Public Statements – When appropriate, Hazon adds our name in support of pending legislation or in general support of issues at a Federal and local (in NY and Michigan) level; we do not endorse any particular candidates. 

Farm System Reform Act – public signatory of letter laying out a pathway towards a more sustainable, humane farming system, starting with a moratorium on large CAFOs and a full prohibition of large CAFOs by 2040

Citizen’s Climate Lobby – Hazon supports the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act as an effective, bipartisan response to the climate crisis. We are facing a global climate emergency, and people of all faiths have a responsibility to take action in order to prevent the most devastating consequences and to preserve a habitable planet for future generations. Scholarly analysis (Columbia University) shows that the EIDCA will result in a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, reduced air pollution, a shift to cleaner energy sources, and have a net positive financial effect on low- and middle-income households.

COVID-19 Recovery Package Letter – public signatory of letter to ensure future stimulus efforts target green infrastructure and jobs nationally

#SaveOurCompost Coalition of NYC – public signatory of advocacy letter to reinstate NYC compost program

Climate Works for All Coalition of NYC – public signatory of letter to ensure future stimulus efforts target green infrastructure and jobs in NYC

 

Communal Advocacy

If you are looking for ways to get involved as a local advocate for change, check out our program offerings, educational materials, and online resources. In particular we recommend:

Hazon Seal of Sustainability – Our top recommendation and resource to support you in transforming your Jewish institution and building a more sustainable future for your entire community is the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. Join with hundreds of other individuals who are advocating for and realizing real and meaningful change.

Brit Hazon – Make a personal commitment to change your behavior, take a stand to reduce climate change, and amplify your voice!