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I was at a screening last week for a new documentary on Zionism. A good-sized crowd of donors, activists and people concerned with Israels present and future turned out. There were speeches, the doc, more speeches, a Q-and-A. Then, just as the director thanked everyone for coming, and we all rose to leave, the owner of the theater leapt up and said, Just a second!
He introduced himself as Dr. Joel Shapiro, the founder of the Electric Lodge in Venice, the venue where we had all gathered. He told us that the entire theater runs on solar power it actually sells electricity back to the grid and that it has charging stations outside for electric cars. His goal, he said, is to make Electric Lodge a model for how theaters, museums and other institutions can go green and fight global warming.
Shapiro spoke in a torrent, but people were already halfway out the door. They had two hours for saving Israel, but he struggled to keep their attention to wedge in 30 seconds on saving the Earth.
Maybe, I thought, we need to step back and reconsider our priorities.
I am not, I hasten to add, suggesting we stop caring about, teaching about, fighting about Israel. Im just wondering if its time to redirect some of our time, talent and resources to this other cause, as well.
Because heres the bottom line: If the nearly 100 percent of scientists who concur on the causes and effects of global warming are correct and at this point its just the rocket scientists over at Fox & Friends who doubt them then the world wont have Israel to kick around much longer. Or Jews. Or any of us.
On Oct. 24, scientists meeting in Berlin are slated to officially adopt a name for our epoch: the Anthropocene. Geologic time is divided= into eras, periods, epochs and ages. We all know ages Jews appeared in the Bronze Age and, as peoples go, have had a remarkably long run.
Epochs slice a bigger chunk of time, according to measures taken from sedimentary rock, fossil and chemical indicators. We are currently listed as belonging to the Holocene Epoch, which started 11,700 years in the past.
But on Oct. 23, the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) will decide whether to recommend that the massive changes humankind has wrought on our environment require a new nomenclature. Thanks to us, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are now greater than they have been since humans appeared 2.6 million years ago, and oceans have reached peak levels not seen in 6,000 years.
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Jews in the Anthropocene Epoch