Social Justice Issue
The number of Americans who recycle grew only 1 – 2% from 2000 – 2005 and did not grow at all in 2006. 37% of the world's cars are on American roads. 70% of the drinking water in California is used to irrigate crops.
Jewish Response to the Environment
"When God created Adam, he showed him all the trees of the Garden of Eden and said to him, "See my works, how lovely they are, how fine they are, all that I have created, I created for you. Think upon this and do not corrupt and devastate my world, for if you corrupt it, no one will come after you to put it right." (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:28)
"A group of people was traveling in a boat. One of them took a drill and began to drill a hole beneath his seat. His companions said to him, Why are you doing this?" The man replied, "What concern is it of yours? I am only drilling under my own place?" They replied to him, "But if you continue, you will flood the boat for us all!" (Midrash Leviticus Rabbah 4:6)