GreenXchange Seminar .
(photo credit: KKL)
International Activists Work Together to Help the Environment
Members of the GreenXchange Young Leadership Environmental Program from Israel, Germany and elsewhere are touring Israel and visiting a variety of ecological projects as part of a special seminar hosted by KKL-JNF. This program was developed by KKL-JNF Germany with the support of KKL-JNF Israel, which offers joint activities for students and young professionals engaged in environmentally beneficial activities. The aim is to discuss environmental issues and promote shared projects for the benefit of the environment, sustainability and improved quality of life in both Israel and Germany. This week-long seminar in Israel gives its participants an opportunity to meet KKL-JNF representatives and other professionals involved in environmental issues. The guests will visit a variety of sites, many of them projects which KKL-JNF has helped to develop: the Metropolitan Park in Bat Yam, the Hefer Valley reservoirs, Italy Park-on the banks of the Alexander River, the biosphere reserve in Ramot Menashe Park, the Tzippori Forest Cycle Trail, the Forester for a Day project in Birya Forest, Lake Hula, the Shamir Water-Drilling Project in Upper Galilee and an agricultural research and development center in northern Israel.
Judith Perl-Strasser of KKL-JNF’s Europe Desk is one of the founders of the GreenXchange program, and she describes how the idea for the project was born around four years ago: “Young people are the generation of tomorrow, and we realized that if we brought them together we could take action in conjunction with them for the benefit of the environment,” she said. An important side effect of this coming together, she added, has been the youngsters’ increased connection to Israel – Jews and non-Jews alike. “Apart from the environmental aspect, the common ground shared by all the participants is their love for Israel,” she explained.
The twenty-four participants in the program – twelve of whom are from Israel – were selected very carefully. They are to take part in two seminars – one in Israel, the other in Germany – after which they will plan a project together, which they will then attempt to implement in conjunction with KKL-JNF. The present group is the second to take part in this program.