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Hoshanot Liturgy for the Climate Crisis, adapted by R’ Ezra Weinberg from the words of Greta Thunberg

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Hoshana! Hoshana! Hoshana! Hoshana!
Hoshana! People are suffering. Hoshana! (SAVE US NOW!)
Hoshana! Entire ecosystems are collapsing. Hoshana!
Hoshana! We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. Hoshana!
Hoshana! For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear… Hoshana!
Hoshana! … yet all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. Hoshana!
Hoshana! You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency… Hoshana!
Hoshana! …but the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. Hoshana!
Hoshana! The eyes of all future generations are upon you. Hoshana!
Hoshana! And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Hoshana! Hoshana! Hoshana!

Hoshana! I also have a dream (MLK Jr). Hoshana! (SAVE US NOW!)
Hoshana! That governments, political parties and corporations grasp the urgency of the climate crisis. Hoshana!
Hoshana! That they all come together despite their differences – as you would in an emergency. Hoshana!
Hoshana! But this is the year 5780 (2019). Hoshana!
Hoshana! This is not the time and place for dreams. Hoshana!
Hoshana! This is the time to wake up. Hoshana!
Hoshana! This is the moment in history when we need to be wide awake. Hoshana!
Hoshana! And yes, we need dreams. We can not live without dreams. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Dreams can not stand in the way of telling it like it is. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Elected officials spend their time making up bedtime stories that soothe us. Hoshana!
Hoshana! …that make us go back to sleep zzz. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Hoshana! Hoshana! Hoshana!

Hoshana! It’s time to face the reality, the facts, the science. Hoshana! (SAVE US NOW!)
Hoshana! Science doesn’t speak of “great opportunities” to create the society we always wanted. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Science tells of unspoken human sufferings, which will get worse the longer we delay action. Hoshana!
Hoshana! This is, above all, an emergency, and not just any emergency.  Hoshana!
Hoshana! This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. Hoshana!
Hoshana! You can not solve a crisis without treating it as one. Hoshana!
Hoshana! The best available scientific calculations do not include non-linear tipping points. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Unforeseen feedback loops like the extremely powerful methane gas escaping from rapidly thawing arctic permafrost.  Hoshana!
Hoshana! Hoshana! Hoshana! Hoshana!

Hoshana! So where do we begin?  Hoshana! (SAVE US NOW!)
Hoshana! I would suggest that we start looking at chapter 2, on page 108 in the IPCC report that came out last year. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Richer countries need to do their fair share and get down to zero emissions much faster Hoshana!
Hoshana! The USA is the biggest carbon polluter in history Hoshana!
Hoshana! And yet, the US is the only nation in the world that has signaled an intention to leave the Paris Agreement. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Because quote “it was a bad deal for the USA.” Hoshana!
Hoshana! The numbers are very uncomfortable. Hoshana!
Hoshana! But people have the right to know.  Hoshana!
Hoshana! We must not allow this to continue to be a partisan political question. Hoshana!
Hoshana! And our main enemy right now is not our political opponents.  Hoshana!
Hoshana! Our main enemy now is physics. And we can not make “deals” with physics. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Americans have indeed made great sacrifices to overcome terrible odds before. Hoshana!
Hoshana! You must unite behind the science. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Because giving up can never ever be an option. Hoshana!
Hoshana! The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not. Hoshana!
Hoshana! Hoshana! Hoshana! Hoshana!

The “Hoshanot liturgy for Climate Crisis” by Reb Ezra Weinberg, adapting the words of Greta Thunberg (from her UN Speech, Sept 23, 2019), was first published in PDF format on Ritualwell along with an explanatory essay. Subsequently, the work was lightly edited by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske.

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