The last thing we need to be doing as the world is warming is destroying trees. In the rabbinic tradition, there is this story: “When God created the first humans God took them and showed them all the trees of the Garden of Eden and said, ‘See my works, how beautiful and praiseworthy they are. . . . Be careful not to spoil or destroy my world — for if you do, there will be nobody after you to repair it.’”
If we destroy our forests, we are literally stealing from the next generation. The forest conservation bills being heard in the General Assembly offer hope that tomorrow’s children can live in a vibrant world.
Rain Zohav, Rockville
The writer, a rabbi, is a member of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and executive director of Jews for the Earth.