Or at least their pesky religious traditions (how inconsiderate of them).
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.” (Jerusalem Post)
Um… if we can’t call environmental extremism a faux religion, will its adherents at least keep their noses out of our faith traditions?
Bonus points to the first MSM outlet that solicits the views of Iranian President Ahmadinawhatevertheheck about this…
UPDATE: Ok, this one gets bonus points for originality as we finally have something that both liberals and conservatives can get behind: Divorce Wrecks Environment Too! Of course the caveat for sosh cons is that this is also an argument for legalizing same-sex marriages (keeping the ol’ “conserve water, shower with a friend” concept in mind): “Save the plant, let gays marry!”
— John (Average Gay Joe)