Board of Deputies backs climate change action

'Groundbreaking' resolution supports working towards zero net carbon emissions


US President Joe Biden listens during a climate change virtual summit from the East Room of the White House campus April 22, 2021, in Washington, DC. - President Joe Biden on Thursday sharply ramped up US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading new pledges by allies at a summit he hopes brings the world closer to limiting climate change. Putting the United States back at the forefront on climate, Biden told a virtual Earth Day summit that the world's largest economy will cut emissions blamed for climate change by 50 to 52 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Board of Deputies has overwhelmingly backed action on climate change in the final vote of the current triennial.

A resolution calling for the Board to take “appropriate actions alongside Eco-Synagogues and other partners” to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 was passed by 85 per cent to 15 per cent.

Edwin Shuker, outgoing chairman of the community, education and interfaith division which will monitor progress, said he was “very proud” of the support for the vote.

Brian Humphreys, chair of what will now be known as the Board’s social justice committee, said ahead of the vote that the resolution was “groundbreaking in that I believe it is the first time a UK Jewish communal organisation will have publicly stated that we are now facing a climate crisis.”

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