Earth Day with schoolchildren at Rosh HaAyin Community Forest.
(photo credit: DENNIS ZINN KKL-JNF)
Every year, Earth Day is observed around the world on April 22, to raise awareness of each person's ability to influence his or her surroundings by taking the environment into consideration in their everyday behavior, for their own sakes and for that of future generations. Earth Day also demonstrates that efficient resource consumption affects the wellbeing of the entire ecosystem and the environment.
In Israel, KKL-JNF celebrated International Earth Day in the Rosh HaAyin Community Forest, adjacent to the city of Rosh HaAyin. Due to unseasonable rainstorms that took place on April 22, the event was held two weeks later on Friday May 11. Hundreds of children and their families took part in the event that was bringing environmental issues to the forefront of the public agenda. The participants joined an estimated one billion people in 192 countries around the world who participated in Earth Day activities this year. Ironically, due to the unseasonable and unusual heavy rainstorms that took place in Israel on the prescribed date, the event was delayed by two weeks.
Neta Mizrachi, KKL-JNF Community and Forest Coordinator in the lowlands region, explained the concept of a KKL-JNF Community Forest:
"A community forest is a model for connecting the community to the nearby forest through activities, trips, events, and recruiting local forest trustees and volunteers. Over the years, KKL-JNF has developed a number of community forests throughout the country, such as the Rosh HaAyin Forest. Around the world, the forest belt surrounding built-up areas is considered very important and is considered an essential environmental resource for the quality of life of the residents. Community Forests serve mainly the residents of the communities nearby. KKL-JNF, together with the Local Authority and the community, connects the population to the forest, which is an ideal place for wonderful educational and social activities, regardless of class and culture. In a number of significant events, including Earth Day. The Rosh Ha'ayin Forest has a team of volunteers that operate throughout the year, in coordination with the Rosh Ha'Ayin municipality and KKL-JNF, and run a number of significant events, including Earth Day.”
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