Alon Tal 311.
(photo credit: courtesy of university)
Just in time for Earth Day and six months ahead of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipal
elections, one city councilman has launched a new movement with a revamped
With the assistance of an expert environmental
advisory board, Councilman Reuven Lediansky has merged together members from the
Tel Aviv Green Movement and Let Live parties under one unified hat called “Green
An active, rather than passive environmental outlook,
will be critical to the new party, which promotes an improved day-to-day quality
of life for the city’s residents, Lediansky explained. Rather than simply
treating individual environmental issues, the movement will advocate an
all-inclusive vision for tackling the city’s green challenges, in which the
public has access to transparent information along the way.
weren’t convinced that it was possible to do something different, that we could
have a green transformation, we wouldn’t be sitting here with you,” Lediansky
said at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon.
At the head
of the environmental advisory board is Green Movement chairman Prof. Alon Tal,
who has been guiding Lediansky in developing the Green Transformation platform
with the help of zoologists, veterinarians, agronomists, marine biologists,
former government officials and many others.
“It is not a coincidence
that Lediansky and his team chose to present their platform on Earth Day,” said
While there are many green party lists in Tel Aviv, Tal emphasized
that this one is unique in the way its members are relying on environmental
expertise and taking a proactive approach to the issues.
goal of the new movement will be making 70 percent of the city’s transportation
occur by bike, public transportation and foot by the year 2017, with fast public
transportation options available seven days a week, Tal explained. In addition,
Lediansky and his team are advocating adding 100 km. in additional bike paths
and closing 10% of the city’s streets to traffic – mimicking many European urban
Another focus will be on encouraging green building throughout
the city, as well as maintaianing what remains of the nature there, Tal
Every resident should be within five minutes walking distance of a
green area by the year 2020, and the city should have 100,000 trees by two years
prior, according to the movement’s goals.
Lediansky and his colleagues
also aim to achieve a reduction of trash heading to landfills by 50% over the
next five years and introduce much more separation of waste at source in private
homes, Tal said.
“Tel Aviv, despite modest progress in many areas, has
not yet emerged as an innovative leader environmentally and as an impressive
green city,” Tal told The Jerusalem Post. “Our aspiration is that in the same
way as Tel Aviv is a world leader in culture and tolerance to the gay community,
we would like to see a city that is ambitious in its environmental
For this reason, the movement worked to bring in the team of
environmental experts and generated a “pragmatic environmental platform that
includes clear quantifiable measurable objectives that will allow us to chart
our progress as we move forward,” Tal added.
While his current Let Live
Party has only two spots in the city council, Lediansky told the Post that he
expects to have six seats with the new list. In establishing the movement, he
said he hopes to bring about change in areas that have been neglected for the
past 15 years.
“We joined together six months ago to establish this new
Green Transformation movement, with the understanding that today in Tel Aviv
there is a political and professional vacuum in everything that is related to
creation of green standards in the city,” he said.