From Copenhagen to the Casuarina Circle at Ilanot.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Among the volunteers were large numbers of schoolchildren, members of youth movements, soldiers and families. The main event of the day was held in Afula on Sept 22nd, with the participation of hundreds of pupils from the city’s schools who took part in a campaign to clean up Nahal HaMoreh.
“We believe that if we take care of the environment
, it will take care of us,” declared the Mayor of Afula, Yitzhak Meron
. “Cleanliness is high on our agenda, and we are glad to say that we’re seeing results. The public is a full partner in our efforts, and from day to day we can see an improvement where cleanliness is concerned.”
The Clean up the World organization, which started out in Australia, is active today in 120 countries and has 35 million volunteers. This is the sixteenth consecutive year that KKL-JNF has orchestrated International Cleanup Day
activities in Israel.
“We’re holding a cleanup campaign today, but it’s important to remember that we have to keep our surroundings clean and tidy all year round,” KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar told the local children. “Afula has proved that the periphery can excel at other things, apart from environmental issues. It can be the best in all areas of life.”
The schoolchildren fanned out through the beautiful woodland around Afula’s Nahal HaMoreh stream, donned gloves and set to work. Plastic bags, plastic bottles and packaging of all kinds that had been thrown away by visitors lacking in environmental awareness – all were picked up and collected in rubbish bags.
“We’ve come to clean up the stream and the forest beside our house,” explained nine-year-old Or Aghbariyya, who is in fourth grade. “We want to conserve the environment so that it’ll be fun to explore here, with no pollution or bad smells, and so that it’ll be a good place for the animals to live.”
A film crew from the popular Children’s TV Channel arrived to document the cleanup and spread the word to children all over Israel. Of course, there are no better ambassadors for this purpose than the children themselves. “It’s important to us to have a clean and beautiful environment, because the world will be better that way,” said nine-year-old Itamar Banai.
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