Regarding the Dec. 26 Metro article “Gov. Hogan lobbies for support of Jews in Md.”:
As a lifelong participant in Jewish communities in Montgomery and Baltimore counties, and as someone who works with hundreds of Maryland congregations as director of Interfaith Power & Light, I have a suggestion for Gov. Larry Hogan (R): Across Maryland, Jewish communities (and congregations of all faiths) are concerned about climate change and the suffering that pollution is causing our neighbors, nearby and around the world. That’s why we are undertaking projects to save energy and shift to clean power, and it is why we’ve been increasingly vocal on climate policy in Annapolis.
I was inspired this spring when the Baltimore Jewish Council and seven senior Christian leaders in the Ecumenical Leaders Group endorsed the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act and dismayed when the measure was summarily vetoed by the governor.
Mr. Hogan’s gambit that talking about Israel to Jewish audiences is sufficient to win over my community is misguided. We know that Israel, like Maryland, is located on Earth in a rapidly warming climate that will harm the world’s most vulnerable.
Particularly with climate deniers coming into the White House, Maryland’s faith communities, not only those who lit the first Hanukkah candle on Saturday evening but also those (like the Hogan family) who knelt in prayer at Christmas Eve Mass and many other neighbors, are praying for a governor who shows climate leadership.
Joelle Novey, Silver Spring