Archive for February, 2019

Rabbi Soetendorp’s letter to climate strikers

February 16, 2019

Dear young allies,

With admiration I watched your actions. Your moral uprising comes at a crucial moment.

The growing awareness that environmental disasters threaten the future of life on earth through our irresponsible actions has led to the Paris agreement. Governments have made binding agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve other sustainable targets by 2030.

We already knew at the time that the obligations were far from sufficient, but hoped against better knowledge that in the course of doing so they would realize that more drastic measures could not [then] be taken.

We are now faced with the harsh reality – more than three years later: even these minimal, insufficient targets will not be met. Because the urgency is still not felt. Because national governments are still not aware of the fact that measures have to be taken that seem to be in the short term against national self-interest, but in the long term are literally vital to the general interest of a healthy planet for secure future generations.

Your authentic voice gives us all hope. Everyone, even the biggest skeptic, must recognize that you have the first right to speak. You and your children and grandchildren, the still unborn, will have to pay our bitter, irresponsibly high bill.

Let us therefore conclude an alliance of generations. We elderly people who have often come to action slowly and late, and you who have taken the lead.

I am convinced that your vision of the righteous future and our hard lessons from the past will be united, the tide will turn. Let us continue to derive strength from each other.

Stay strong and courageous!

In solidarity,