Environmental Action Team
Environmental Action Team (EAT)
It started with a thought-provoking meeting back in October 2019 “Climate Change is a Jewish Issue.”
A good turnout and a lively discussion produced several proposed actions one of which, joining EcoSynagogue, was prioritised for 2020. EcoSynagogue (www.ecosynagogue.org) is designed to provide a practical and simple road map towards a net zero carbon future. This unique initiative spans the whole Jewish community with religious leadership from four denominations of Judaism. Rabbi Mark is the Reform Judaism representative on the Steering Group.
EcoSynagogue invites each participating synagogue to an online Environmental Audit which is a comprehensive survey of how we engage with the environment in our places of worship. The audit helps us to assess how we are doing and ways in which we can improve. The score will lead to a Bronze, Silver and ultimately Gold EcoSynagogue Award.
In May EHRS achieved a Bronze Award which we received at a special event held in Kew Gardens in July.
We plan to create a number of activities this year to bring environmental action into EHRS life. Hopefully, some of the excellent ideas first mooted back in 2019 will also come to fruition.
EHRS Eco Tips
The best way to conserve energy in your home is to make sure it is well insulated. However, here are a couple of simple tips which don’t involve spending money. When the temperature outside is higher than inside, don’t throw your windows open wide. Keep them shut instead and close the blinds or curtains on the side of the house that faces the sun. During colder months, close curtains as soon as it gets dark to reduce the amount of heat energy that escapes through the windows.
EHRS is working towards a net zero carbon future with the help of EcoSynagogue’s environmental audit but have you ever wondered how much you personally are contributing to climate change? There are numerous on line carbon footprint calculators, You Tube videos and Apps that will tell you. The World Wide Fund for Nature’s online calculator (footprint.wwf.org.uk) is easy to use and has some very helpful advice as to how to improve and offset your personal carbon emissions.
EAT member Julie offsets her carbon emissions with the Treeapp. This mobile app allows you to plant a tree a day in less than a minute. You choose which reforestation project you would like to support, answer 3 questions from your tree’s sponsor, plant your tree for free for the day with just a tap, view your global impact and measure your carbon footprint. The trees are funded by eco-conscious organisations and the planting is performed by Treeapp’s global NGO partners, who make sure every single tree they plant benefits endemic species and local communities.
This contribution is from Jeremy Ross, Interior designer & environmental campaigner/environmental advocate.
Light bulbs: Switching to light-emitting diodes (LED) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) are both energy-saving bulbs. They are a much more efficient alternative to now defunct incandescent and halogen bulbs. CFLs use 60-80% less energy than an incandescent, halogens use 20-30% and LEDs use an astonishing 90% less.