05 December 2007

Green Hannukia campaign sparks ire

There is a campaign to persuade Jewish families to light fewer Hanukka candles in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

I wonder if that will spread to Orthodox Churches, which burn large numbers of candles at every service.

But the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from those is probably infinitesimal compared with what is emitted in cremations. Save the environment -- close the crematoria!
clipped from www.jpost.com

In a campaign that has spread like wildfire across the Internet, a group of Israeli environmentalists is encouraging Jews around the world to light at least one less candle this Hanukka to help the environment.

The founders of the Green Hanukkia campaign found that every candle that burns completely produces 15 grams of carbon dioxide. If an estimated one million Israeli households light for eight days, they said, it would do significant damage to the atmosphere.

"The campaign calls for Jews around the world to save the last candle and save the planet, so we won't need another miracle," said Liad Ortar, the campaign's cofounder, who runs the Arkada environmental consulting firm and the Ynet Web site's environmental forum. "Global warming is a milestone in human evolution that requires us to rethink how we live our lives, and one of the main paradigms of that is religion and how it fits into the current situation."

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Yehudi said...

I apologize for my frankness, but that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard! Oy! I am embarassed for those morons that proposed such a thing! Chanukah is 8 days and night for a reason...the miracle wasn't seven nights...they are evidently not Torah-observent Jews. Shame on them.

Yewtree said...

There has been some comment about paraffin from candles in the Pagan community also. The best solution is to use soya candles, which are much greener, as far as I know.

As far as Chanukah goes, the original lamps in the event being celebrated were actually oil lamps, so they could use oil instead.

Anonymous said...

hi there, just a note, i can't read your banner because the type is white and the flowers behind make it impossible to read.....any chance of changing the lettering to black? :-)


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