GreenXchange Seminar: From Words to Actions -1.
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GreenXchange Seminar: From Words to Actions
A forest free of cars, photovoltaic cells in water reservoirs, river restoration in an Arab city – These are some of the ideas for environmental projects proposed by participants of the GreenXchange environmental program, which can all be made possible with the help of KKL-JNF. The young members from Israel, Germany and other countries spent their week in Israel not only touring and learning about KKL-JNF projects and sites throughout the country, but actively developing innovative projects as well. At a special conference held at KKL-JNF’s main offices in Jerusalem, the group recapped their week-long seminar and raised ideas for projects that they would promote in partnership with KKL-JNF.
“Our objective is to meet and get to know each other and to learn – but no less important, to be active and to promote activities that benefit the environment,” explained Anna Halasz, a doctoral student at Tel Aviv University. “I believe that the future generation of environmental leaders is getting their start here. The group includes individuals from a variety of backgrounds who each provide his or her own insight. Academia often lacks a connection to the land, and that is exactly what the GreenXchange program offers.”
KKL-JNF’s young leadership program brings together students and young professionals from Israel, Germany and other countries who are active in a variety of environmental issues. The program was developed by KKL-JNF Germany with the support of KKL-JNF Israel. The current seminar is taking place in the second year of the program. Alumni of last year’s session participated in the seminar’s closing event, which took place at KKL-JNF’s main offices in Jerusalem. The alumni helped lead and direct the brainstorming groups that actively planned the new projects.