The new generation’s task is simply to save our planet

By Rabbi Michael Cohen
April 30, 2023

A student of mine, Kallen Fenster from the Bennington College Conflict Resolution class I teach at the Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester, invited me to speak at the Vermont Youth Lobby’s Rally for the Planet at the Statehouse in Montpelier April 14. Here’s what I said.

I am the rabbi emeritus of the Israel Congregation in Manchester Center, and I teach conflict resolution at Bennington College and the Burr & Burton Academy. Since 1996, I have divided my time between our Vermont home and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies on Kibbutz Ketura (in southern Israel). There we bring together college-age Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, Moroccans, and other international students to learn about environmental diplomacy, including at our Climate Change Adaptation Center. Students from Vermont high schools, colleges, and universities have studied at the Arava Institute.

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