Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, who directs the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s Social Justice Organizing Program, will be one of the leaders of an interfaith ritual calling attention to the moral imperative of renewable energy.
The ritual will take place at Philadelphia’s City Hall Courtyard at noon on July 24th – the day before the start of the Democratic National Convention. It will be followed by what has been billed as a March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Demonstrators, who are expected to number in the thousands and represent hundreds of organizations, will be demanding an end to fracking and for a just and quick transition to the state and nation’s use of 100 percent renewable energy.
“On July 24th, when Philadelphia has the attention of the nation and the attention of the world, we will be out marching and saying there will be no more fracking in Pennsylvania,” said Rabbi Liebling. “We want Pennsylvania to be a leader in renewable energy.”
Liebling explained that the ritual will include aspects from a number of faith traditions, including the Native American Lenape tribe.
“Climate change and renewable energy are moral issues,” he said. “Every human being has the right to clean air. We need to protect the Earth.”