Israel’s Environmental Heroes-1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Israel’s first group of environmental heroes – volunteers involved in activism for the benefit of the country’s environment – were chosen at an official ceremony attended by Minister of Environmental Protection Amir Peretz and KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler.
“In a densely populated country like ours action has to be taken; we can’t rely on nature to cope with everything on its own,” said Efi Stenzler. “KKL-JNF is preparing for the future and conserving nature for the generations to come. Every community in the country bears the green stamp of KKL-JNF, and we closely observe the principles of sustainable development.”
Addressing the competition candidates directly, the World Chairman added: “You, as the heroes of our environment, are the spearhead of Israeli society. You understand that we can’t just sit by twiddling our thumbs – we have to bring about a real change.”
Over 1,200 entrants from all over Israel competed for the title in this event organized by KKL-JNF and the Yedioth Ahronoth media group. Competitors included teachers, students, nature-lovers and environmental enthusiasts of all ages and religions from all parts of the country.
“To be a hero, you first of all have to fight,” said Minister for Environmental Protection Amir Peretz. “The people here today have been fighting for the environment of the land, sea and air. The environment crosses all borders, breaks down walls, closes gaps and brings different groups together. Only those who think green are farsighted.”
Among the many contestants were volunteers who protect the forests and open spaces, save animals, tend community gardens, initiate cleanup projects, protect the beaches, promote recycling, combat pollution and engage in other activities too numerous to mention. What they all share is a passion to take action on behalf of the environment for the sake of future generations.