(from left) Jonathan Porritt, Board Vice President Sheila Gewolb, Maureen Kendler, Rabbi Jeffrey Newman and the Bishop of Salisbury, Nick Holtam

From left: Jonathan Porritt, Board Vice President Sheila Gewolb, Maureen Kendler, Rabbi Jeffrey Newman and the Bishop of Salisbury, Nick Holtam (Photo credit: Raya Cottrell)

Britain’s Jews have been urged to push for government action on climate change, ahead of a crucial international conference in Paris later this year.

World leaders will meet in the French capital in December to determine what – if any – collective action they will take, and speakers at the Board of Deputies’ Climate Change Forum were asked to contact their MPs about the matter between now and then.

Photo credit: Raya Cottrell

Photo credit: Raya Cottrell

Emeritus Rabbi of Finchley Reform Synagogue Rabbi Jeffrey Newman said: “We need to work together. When the Jewish community takes things seriously we have enormous agency. We have tremendous capacity.”

Other speakers included esteemed environmental campaigner Jonathan Porrit and the Rt. Reverend the Bishop of Salisbury. The event was chaired by Maureen Kendler, director of education at Tzedek.