(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Eighteen giant globes, each with a diameter of 2.6 meters, will decorate
Jerusalem’s Alrov- Mamilla Esplanade near Jaffa Gate from now through summer, as
a call to environmental action.
On display in Israel for the first time,
the globes are an initiative of the Chicago-based nonprofit Cool Globes, which
aims to heighten awareness about climate change by decorating cities with these
The globes have been brought to Jerusalem as part of
the First International Jerusalem Symposium on Green and Accessible Pilgrimage,
taking place from Sunday through Saturday and initiated by Jerusalem Deputy
Mayor Naomi Tzur.
Intrinsic to the globes’ designs are scenes that relay
problems and solutions of the international climate crisis, the organization
The globes are quite well traveled, and have made their way
through a number of United States destinations, as well as European cities, the
After the High Holy Days, the globes will be auctioned off to
generate revenue for educational programs on environmental issues for students
“This exhibition is all about tikkun olam (repairing the
world), and there is no city that embodies this spirit more than Jerusalem,”
said Cool Globes founder Wendy Abrams. “Climate change is an issue that will
affect all of Earth’s creatures, regardless of religion, ethnicity or borders.
And again, Jerusalem speaks to everyone.”
Cool Globes emerged as part of
the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005, and was then incorporated as a nonprofit
organization in 2006.
The organization’s pieces have adorned the streets
of Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Sundance, Los Angeles, Houston and
Cleveland, as well as Copenhagen, Geneva, Marseille, Vancouver and
An upcoming exhibit will also go on display in Boston this
August, the organization said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the
Jerusalem globes will occur on Monday night, in honor of Earth Day and in the
presence of President Shimon Peres.