What does the Jewish-left believe about climate change? It believes that due to rising global temperatures, glaciers will melt, monsoons will wreak havoc, and, ultimately, water will cover the whole world, destroying all of life as we know it.
Sound familiar? If you’re like me, you noticed similarities between climate change hysteria and Parshas Noach, which we recently read in shul.
Earlier this month, the UN published a report warning that if we don’t change our ways within 12 years, the world will heat up so much that we will be past the point of no return and the world will be destroyed. We only have 12 years!
This prediction reminds me of my high school teachers declaring the immutable scientific “fact” that over-population would result in a world so crowded that it would be impossible to feed people and soon there would be no place left to live. The human race was destined for destruction within 20 years unless we reduced our population drastically, they said.
They presented this prediction as objective science, mind you. And when it didn’t come to fruition? Well, it was just forgotten and swept under the rug as most of these theories of global destruction ultimately are.
So what are we to make of climate change, global destruction hysteria? I believe it is yet another manifestation of the religion of Jewish liberalism. Liberalism cannot, and will not, accept the concept of an omnipotent God that controls the universe; yet, the Jew’s soul strives for “justice” and “equality” and needs to believe in some higher power. So it latches on to the supposed moral certainty of liberalism.
Religion tells us to change our moral behavior to avert divine anger. Liberalism tells us to reduce our carbon footprint to escape nature’s wrath. The manner in which left-leaning Jews have replaced traditional religious beliefs with secular liberalism is actually rather remarkable.
Hashem specifically promised us that He would never destroy the world again. That is what a Torah-believing Jew knows to be true. Global warming may cause some environmental degradation, but we are confident that Hashem will never completely wipe out the human race from the face of the earth. Hashem made an immutable vow. That is what we need to base our global warming beliefs on – not current fashionable scientific theories.