Betsy Rosenberg, an award-winning national broadcast journalist and a green media trailblazer, will present a fascinating Earth Day program titled "Climate Chutzpah: The Jewish Response to Climate Change," on Monday, April 19, at 7 p.m., via Zoom.
The program, which is sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section, is free and open to the public. The event is coordinated by the NCJW, West Morris Programming Committee, headed by Debbie Schwartz.
In 1997, Rosenberg created a "green news beat." On Earth Day 1997, the eco-journalism pioneer launched TrashTalk: Sound Solutions for a Healthier Planet and People, offering waste-reduction tips on KCBS. Rosenberg was the first mainstream commercial broadcaster to recognize the need for mass media outlets to communicate the urgency and complexities of growing ecological challenges and to discuss solutions with experts. From the outset, her mission has been to bring green content and consciousness into the daily programming mix, and make environmental challenges and solutions just as important and engaging as other compelling news of the day.
Rosenberg describes herself as a "Woman on E-mission," with a goal of "breaking through the green ceiling in media," which she says is "twice as thick as the glass ceiling." She'll explain the many obstacles on her journey and why it has taken "climate chutzpah" to prevail in awakening environmental consciousness in the mainstream public.
Throughout her years on the green/climate beat, Rosenberg noticed how many environmental advocates—and organizations—were Jewish. In the last few years the number of Jewish non-profits focused on addressing the climate crisis has exploded, not surprising given Judaism's teachings, including the imperative to care for the earth. Rosenberg will explain how participants can get involved in helping the planet, and offer tips for things that everyone can do to become part of the solution.
Registration is required for Rosenberg's "Climate Chutzpah" talk. To register, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.