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Confronting Climate Change: A Jewish Perspective on Community Responsibilities

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 8 Sivan 5781

7:30 PM

Since the beginning of time, the Earth’s climate has been changing. What’s different now is that the climate is changing at an increasingly rapid rate, outside the range to which humans have had to adapt in the past. Scientific evidence suggests human activities are a significant cause of this change. This lecture will explore the connections of modern climate science and the teachings of the Torah. The Torah provides insights into the ways in which human behavior affects the Earth’s climate and then holds us responsible for protecting the environment. This lecture is part of the Haberman Institute's Project on Science and Judaism.

Guest Speaker:

Joel Scheraga, Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation, Office of Policy in the Office of the Administrator, EPA

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Dr. Joel D. Scheraga is the National Program Director for the Global Change Research Program and the Mercury Research Program in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development. He holds a federal Scientific and Professional level (ST) position. He is the EPA Principal Representative to the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which coordinates and integrates scientific research on climate and global change supported by the U.S. Government. Dr. Scheraga has participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

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