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Greening and Environment
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NFTY has continually sought to promote an awareness of environmental considerations and environmentally responsible acts by integrating Jewish values, learning and actions that promote sh'mirat ha-adamah - protection and renewal of the world.
Throughout the year, NFTY and the Union for Reform Judaism are highlighting our many resources which assist in supporting greening efforts, including programs, publications, blogs, and more.

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We want to know how NFTYites are going green. Tell us what you are doing personally in your every day life, or share the story of an effort by your Temple Youth Group, Congregation, school or local community that you are a part of.
Resources for NFTYites and Youth Groups
Anavah: Humility - What do we really need? NFTY Addresses Overconsumption
NFTY's Action Theme for the 2010-2011 year calls for NFTYites to consider questions such as: Why do we eat meat? Use Styrofoam? Leave our appliances plugged in? Drive the 5 minute walk to the supermarket? How could our synagogues and TYGs go green?
Shootfei Adamah : Partners of the Earth - NFTY Acts to Improve the State of the Environment
NFTY's Action Theme from 2006-2007, Shooftei Adamah: Partners of the Earth, centers on water issues, pollution, energy issues, and conservation from a social justice perspective.
iTorah: What is our obligation to the environment?
I recently took a quiz to determine my ecological footprint. It revealed to me that if everyone in the world lived the way I live, it would take 4.1 billion earths to sustain us. I was extremely disappointed in myself. I recycle, I bring my own bag to the grocery store, but that isn't enough.
iTorah: How can Tu BiSh’vat be an opportunity for environmental action?
“When the Holy One created the first human, God took Adam and led Adam around all the trees of the Garden of Eden. And God said to Adam: “See My works, how good and praiseworthy they are? And all I have created, I made for you. But, be mindful then that you do not spoil and destroy my world—for if you spoil it, there is no one after you to repair it” (Kohelet Rabbah 7:13)
Ecology in Action
Program in which participants are divided up into lobbyists and legislature to learn about lobbying for environmental regulations.
Environmental Education Program
A program intended to provide a very basic environemental education on topics inlcuding: pollution, ozone, endagered species and recycling.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
Program teaching participants about the importance of recycling as participants decorate recycling bins.
Introduction to Environmental Lobbying
A comprehensive program to learn about different environmental organizations and the obstacles against regulations.

Greening Reform Judaism
URJ Greening Reform Judaism Page
Resources and programming materials from the Union for Reform Judaism.
URJ Grant Supports GreenFaith Pilot Program
The URJ and the RAC have teamed with GreenFaith for the Greening Reform Judaism Pilot Program. Eight congregations will complete their certification over a two-year period. Learn more and stay up to date on their progress.
Get Sustainable with Our Virtual Beit Midrash Greening Series
May 18, 2011 - Food Matters Book Club Discussion
Rules of Engagement: Greening Jewish Institutions
On E-Jewish Philanthropy, Ezra S. Shanken talks to experts who are "leading the green charge."
Travel Justly
Learn about the impact travel has on others and the world around us and help us all make more just travel choices.
Barnert Temple says, "Get Out(side)!"
Greening the URJ Camps
The URJ's thirteen camps are deeply engaged in environmental education and programming. Learn about the innovative Camps Greening Initiative.
Resources from Kibbutz Lotan
Lotan Center for Creative Ecology
Learn more about practical ecology opportunities and programs from Kibbutz Lotan!
Earthcare - Saving the Planet & Ourselves
Article from Reform Judaism magazine discussing Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology, their Green Apprenticeship in Permaculture and Ecovillage Design.
The Living Eco Guide - Free iPhone App
Living ecologically is easy but furthermore living ecologically sustains our planet, purifies our bodies, and enriches our minds. In order to attain a more ecological lifestyle, changes will have to be made. This guide was written for you, learn and apply from it as much as you can to improve your life and our planet. App developed by Kibbutz Lotan's Center for Creative Ecology.

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