Cleanup Day in Israel Solar Taxi in Ben Shemen Forest

Two hundred and four regional councils all over Israel and 260,000 volunteers participated in the 11th International Cleanup Day activities in Israel, led by KKL JNF, on November 1

KKL_031111_A (photo credit: KKL-JNF)
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(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Two hundred and four regional councils all over Israel and 260,000 volunteers participated in the 11th International Cleanup Day activities in Israel, led by KKL JNF, on November 1. The volunteers joined forty million people in 120 other countries, who went out to clean their countries and raise consciousness about protecting the environment. Cleanup day activities in Israel were made possible thanks to contributions from friends of KKL JNF in Australia and Canada.
Cleanup Day events took place in the shadow of the rocket fire in the South over the last few days, which killed one man and caused major damage. In view of the security situation in southern Israel, most of the events and activities planned there were canceled. The cleanup projects that did take place in the South were reduced in scope and were in places close to protected spaces. Events in central and northern Israel took place as scheduled.
Attending the main Cleanup Day ceremony at Mitzpe Modiin in the Ben Shemen KKLForest were Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, Australian Ambassador to Israel Andrea Faulkner and KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler. Avinoam Binder of KKL-JNF served as master of ceremonies.
“Volunteers who participate in Cleanup Day are from all sectors and religions,” said Stenzler. “Our message is clear and simple. If we are capable of cleaning up the forest, we can guarantee that the whole country will be cleaner. It depends on each and every one of us.”
A special guest who participated in Cleanup Day was Louis Palmer from Switzerland, the driver of the first solar taxi in the world. The vehicle is powered exclusively by solar power and tows solar panels. The solar taxi has driven about 60,000 km all over the world so far without a drop of fuel. Israel is the 40th country on Palmer’s journey, and there could be no better timing than to be in Israel on International Cleanup Day. “My aim is to show millions of people all over the world that we don’t need fuel,” said Palmer. “It is an excellent solution for the future, and I hope that in another few years we will all be driving cars like this one.”
International Cleanup Day began in Australia in 1993 and since then has become an important event in many countries. Australian Ambassador to Israel, Andrea Faulkner, who honored the event with her presence, said, “It is our obligation to take care of what we have for the next generation. The open spaces and the environment belong to all of us. It is very wonderful that KKL JNF leads this initiative in Israel and recruits so many people to take part in this important day.”
A delegation of young-at-heart friends of KKL JNF from Australia arrived at the forest directly from the airport. The leader of the mission, Len Mehamoff from Sydney, explained why the group wouldn't want to miss such an event. “Today's activities are connected to all of KKL JNF's aims, and we are proud to be participating.”