Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for Trees, symbolizes awakening, growth and the preservation of nature and the environment. So it was on Tu B’Shevat 2011 that we launched the Big Green Jewish Campaign: Year of the Bagel, a whole year of campaigns, action and education focusing on the fundamental way we understand the world and impact on the environment: food.

You can read all about the campaign launch in the JC and why the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, supports the Year of the Bagel.

Events and campaigns about food are taking place across the year, including Gefiltefest, the London Jewish Food Festival, in May, the Big Green Grocery Grab in July and many more. Big Green Jewish will be organising many activities ourselves but also promoting many more events that other people and organisations are putting on. If you have an event or an idea, then let us know – we’d love to hear from you.

But it doesn’t stop there. The Big Green Jewish Campaign is a four-year initiative that will generate new activity and interest across the community on green issues. Each year of this campaign will have an over-arching theme. This year’s is the beloved Bagel – or in other words, food, and each following year, the themes will be the Bicycle (transport), the Bin (Waste) and the Building (Buildings). Watch this space!

We’ve also included information about other green campaigns, for example 10:10 and Stop Climate Chaos – click on the menu to the side of this page to find out more.