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Over 150,000 participants from all over Israel have already confirmed their participation in activities organized by KKL-JNF on Clean Up the World Day, which will take place on October 22, 2007, under the auspices of the international "Clean Up the World" organization.
Preparations for receiving the many participants are proceeding at full steam and include all KKL-JNF units and departments, coordinated by the Communications and PR Division. This year, 103 local authorities from all sectors of the Israeli population will be participating, including schools, soldiers, community centers, and private companies.
This year, KKL-JNF will be expanding the scope of its activities on Cleanup Day in Israel, with an emphasis on the Negev, thanks to the ongoing and steadily increasing support of JNF Australia, and thanks to JNF America, which joined this effort and are committed to massive support of the project. These contributions join the traditional support of the Pratt Foundation of Australia, which has been supporting KKL-JNF activities on World Cleanup Day, for the past six years.
The special support of JNF America has helped KKL-JNF make eco-pioneering part of World Cleanup Day. For the first time in Israel, KKL-JNF will make large-scale (commercial) use of garbage bags manufactured from biodegradable plastic, which are people and environmentally friendly. Plastic waste is a global problem - today, the amount of plastic produced in the world is twenty times greater than what was produced fifty years ago. In Israel too, the problem has reached severe proportions. Plastic wastes create environmental damage: in waste sites, it produces mountains of refuse, occupies land area and in other circumstances dirties the environment, injures fauna and flora, as well as creating safety hazards. This year, participants and volunteers in the clean-up activity will collect refuse with some 50,000 biodegradable plastic garbage bags, minimizing the damage caused by plastic refuse.
World Cleanup Day in Israel will be opened in the Knesset by MK Ofir Pines, Chairman of the Committee for the Environment, which will hold a special session on the subject of cleaning up open spaces. The heads of local authorities, the KKL-JNF World Chairman and senior representatives of KKL-JNF America were invited to the Knesset session.
On Cleanup Day itself, KKL-JNF will be conducting activities throughout the country, with the two central activities focusing on the Negev under the slogan "Clean Up the World in the Negev". The day's events will begin in Rahat Forest on the banks of Nahal Gerar, an eight-kilometer long stretch where KKL-JNF is planning a new park. At the meeting place in the forest, there will be a giant Bedouin tent for the many participants who are expected to attend the activities. They will include 400 soldiers from the Desert Reconnaissance Brigade, along with 500 students from Rahat, Ashdod, Hatzerim and Ma'agalim, together with KKL-JNF World Chairman Mr. Efi Stentzler, the Australian ambassador to Israel, Mr. James Larsen, the mayor of Rahat, Mr. Talal al-Karnawi, and members of the Or Mesimot Negev settlement movement. KKL-JNF will award a volunteer's certificate to all participants in the Israel World Cleanup Day.
Another central activity will take place at the Bnei Shimon Regional Council in the Negev, thanks to a contribution of JNF Australia, under the slogan "Clean Up the World in Israel". Local residents will be cleaning up open spaces while special activities will be conducted for the Mevo'ot HaNegev School, including special recycling workshops, learning about KKL-JNF efforts on behalf of the environment in Israel, bicycle riding in the open areas, cleaning the area of Nahal Kama and helping to restore the historical site of the British Mounted Police.
KKL-JNF initiated a number of special joint projects for Israel World Cleanup Day, in order to get as many people as possible actively participating on this important day. The Council for a Beautiful Israel, the Dan Cities Association, and the Dudaim National Disposal Site in the Negev will all host open days for the general public at their visitors' centers. The Dudaim Site, which is located in the Bnei Shimon Regional Council, will host 450 students for recycling workshops and educational activities on the subject of recycling and cutting down on wastes. The National Geographic channel, which is the world sponsor of Cleanup Day is broadcasting a promo for World Cleanup Day with KKL-JNF and a short movie on KKL-JNF Cleanup Day events will also be filmed.
KKL-JNF invites you to join 150,000 Israelis and participate in short tours and activities throughout Israel on Monday, 10 Heshvan, 5768, October 22, 2007. Details on your nearest site are available from KKL-JNF's Forest Line. Activities will last about 1.5 hours starting at 2 p.m. There's no fee. Just call to register: 1-800-350-550.
For more information, please visit our website at www.kkl.org.il/eng or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org