National clean up day 311.
(photo credit: Environmental Protection Ministry )
Across the country on Tuesday, children and adults took part in this year’s
National Clean-Up Day – picking up garbage, campaigning for cleaner greenery and
participating in educational initiatives.
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EnvironmentTenth International Clean-Up Day in Israel
A bill stipulating an annual
National Clean-Up Day was first passed in the fall of 2008. Although
International Clean-Up Day occurs in the third week of September, the government
decided to make Israel’s day in March – on the last Tuesday of the Hebrew month
of Adar, to coincide with the Pessah-cleaning season.
“Clean Up the World” day was first instituted in Australia in 1993, and occurs
in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Program, according to its
This year’s public activities in Israel were hosted by a wide
range of organizations, including the Environmental Protection Ministry,
Education Ministry, the Keren Kayemet LeYisrael-Jewish National Fund, the
Clean-Up Israel group, schools, businesses and youth movements, according to the
Environmental Protection Ministry.
“Clean-Up Day is an opportunity for us
all to stop complaining about the litter around us and to get used to taking
small steps that will improve the environment in which we live,” Environmental
Protection Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement. “If everyone will throw his
rubbish in the bin, we will all live in a cleaner and more pleasant
At the many events that occurred throughout the day, tens
of thousands of volunteers participated in the cleaning efforts and collected 50
tons of garbage, the Environmental Protection Ministry reported.
with the Education Ministry and the Society for the Protection of Nature in
Israel, Erdan’s office published and distributed environmental study kits to
4,000 primary schools with lessons on recycling, reducing consumption and
transforming waste into resources, the ministry said.
The KKL-JNF hosted
a clean-up in honor of the day, as well as a tree-planting at the Nahal
Beersheba Park, also in conjunction with the KKL-JNF World Leadership Conference
2011 taking place this week.
About 150 leaders from the delegation and
150 Beersheba ninth-graders participated in cleaning up the area and then
planted 200 trees, said a KKL-JNF spokeswoman.
activities, KKL-JNF hosted an inauguration ceremony at their newly renovated
Beit Eshel Project.
There, KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler told the
group that over the next four years KKL-JNF will invest NIS 3 billion in the
Negev, according to the spokeswoman.
Meanwhile, just south of the
Herzliya Marina, on Mandarin Beach, the German Embassy took part in an effort
led by the Environmental Protection Ministry to clean up the nearby
While the German group was the only foreign delegation to attend
the event, also present were representatives from youth movements; Moshe
Kaplinsky, the CEO of Better Place Israel; Rhoda Fischer, wife of Bank of Israel
Governor Stanley Fischer; and Chemi Peres, the son of President Shimon Peres,
according to the ministry.
“There’s a lot of trash everywhere – they have
equipment like plastic bags, gloves and instruments with which you can pick
stuff up,” said Tjorven Bellmann, spokeswoman of the German Embassy.
us, we have environmental policy in Germany very high on the agenda and we have
high standards of environmental protection,” Bellmann said. “So when the
environmental minister invited embassies to take part, we thought it would be a
great idea on a day like this, to make Israel a bit cleaner.”