Green Globe award
The principle Green Globe award, the environmental Oscar
equivalent to best film, will be awarded to a collective group of organizations
and individuals who successfully fought against a controversial planning reform
that was first launched in 2009.
Approximately 30 social and
environmental organizations fought against the reform, which, they say, aimed to
streamline the planning process and render local planning authorities
While the government decided to abandon the reform in March,
the environmental organizations warn that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
intends to move forward with the plans once again in the new
If such legislation were to proceed again, the negative
implications would be many, according to the Green Globe judges. Public
participation in planning processes would be curbed to a minimum.
won several battles, but a huge battle is still in front of them,” Life and
Environment CEO Naor Yerushalmi told The Jerusalem Post. “This is still a major
Green in the city
Making sure that garbage becomes an
environmentally friendly and profitable resource has become a priority for the
Environment Committee of the Union for Local Authorities in Israel – the winner
of the Green Globe award in the urban environmental category.
Environment Committee has served as the crucial middleman between the local
authorities and the Environmental Protection Ministry, particularly in
implementing separation of waste projects, diverting revenue from landfill taxes
to projects in the waste field and by encouraging environmental education in
local authorities, the judges said.
Meanwhile, the committee has worked
to streamline the consumption of water resources and energy and the running of
municipal waste collection in about 70 local authorities around the country, in
a variety of sectors.
The committee has also successfully started a
campaign called “Environmental Price Tag,” a project that promotes the reduction
of natural resource exploitation within municipalities.Local
When one morning, the residents of Kiryat Shmona woke up to
find that the stream crossing through their city had dried up due to
over-pumping, one organization took action to revive their lost
Kiryat Shmona’s Nature and Natural Wonders Preservation
Society, headed by Yohanna Nazari, led a struggle that involved many social
organizations nationwide as well as representatives of Tel Hai Academic
Eventually, their work bore fruit, and Mekorot found an
alternative place from which to pump water, allowing the stream to return to
In addition to saving the city’s beloved stream, the Nature and
Natural Waters Preservation Society also managed to fight the Israel Lands
Authority and bring about the cancelation of a plan to build 70 housing units,
the judges said.
After battling the residential project, the organization
succeeded in moving forward a development plan for a green boulevard along the
stream, the Green Globe judges said.Volunteer environmental service
Green Globe winner in the volunteer environmental activism category is Dani
Morgenstern, for his years of work promoting the deposit law for beverage
Although initiated in 1992, the bottle deposit law took 10
years to officially legislate and since then has gone through various
incarnations, with many beverage companies aiming to thwart its authority, out
of fear of profit damage, according to Life and Environment.
process, Morgenstern, now 70, had denounced the ELA Recycling Corporation’s
bottle deposit policies, and the company sued him NIS 1 million for
Recently, however, the district court accepted Morgenstern’s
appeal and ruled in his favor, a decision that the Green Globe judges viewed as
an important achievement in freedom of expression.
organizations praised Morgenstern for never “flinching against the beverage
company lobby” and for making a just deposit law his life’s
work.Environmentalism in the business sector
Due to the company’s
decisions to implement significant, sustainable chances in its core business
activities, Shikun V’Binui will be the recipient of the Green Globe in the
“The Shikun V’Binui group has adopted the concept of
sustainability as a leading component in its vision and as a management concept
that takes into account environmental and social considerations alongside
economic ones,” the Green Globe judges said.
In addition to adopting
green building standards in its residential housing projects, Shikun V’Binui has
invested heavily in research and development for energy and research
conservation projects, and has 11 staff members dedicated to sustainability,
according to Life and Environment.
“They're not the only ones who are
doing it, but they are the only real major construction company that adopted
this course of action,” Yerushalmi told the Post.
importance is the company’s decision to move forward with green residential
development, as such a step demonstrates that the price gap between developing
traditionally and developing green is not so wide, he added.
in environmental education
The winner of the environmental education Green
Globe, the Ecology & Environment journal, has made environmental expertise
on an academic level much more accessible and readable to the public, award
Officially titled Ecology & Environment: Journal for
Science and Environmental Policy, the journal is published three times yearly in
Hebrew by The Israel Society of Ecology & Environmental Sciences, and is
edited by Shachar Bookman.
The journal was established in 2010 to
compensate for the lack of professional platforms on environmental sciences,
public policy and ecology and explores a wide variety of topics – such as
groundwater contamination, the benefits of local versus imported agriculture and
the Dead Sea salt harvest.
Public figure involved in green issues
Environmental issues have long been a personal concern for Israeli actor and
radio host Dalik Volonitz, after a heart attack at a young age prompted him to
turn to organic, non-industrial foods.
For six years, Volonitz dedicated
time each morning on his Army Radio program to environmental issues, and while
this program concluded in 2012, Volonitz still continues to cover the topic on
other television and radio shows.
His uncompromising struggle against the
use of insecticides in mainstream agriculture, as well as his sensitivity to
animal issues, children and disabled individuals inspired the judges to grant
him the Green Globe this year in the public figure category.Black globe
While seven groups and individuals will receive Green Globes recognizing their
positive environmental work on Monday night, an eighth person will receive the
far less coveted Black Globe – a critical stamp regarding actions taken contrary
to sustainable development.
This year’s Black Globe recipient will be
Transportation Minister Israel Katz for his work to promote the 262-kilometer
railway from Beersheba to Eilat.
Deeming the project harmful to finances,
transportation and the environment, the judges slammed the railway as a waste of
NIS 30 billion that will come at the expense of more urgent transportation
projects, like a subway for the Gush Dan region or metropolitan rapid transit
Meanwhile, Life and Environment and its organizations –
particularly the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel – criticized the
minister for failing to carefully examine alternative routes and for authorizing
the railway’s path through environmentally sensitive regions.
biological diversity exists throughout the Negev and Arava deserts, but those
behind the railway plan have failed to take such environmental implications
under consideration, the judges claimed.
Stressing that the Eilat railway
plan is just a microcosm of Katz’s overall transportation policies, the
environmentalists blasted the minister for prioritizing private car use and
grandiose projects over developing the country’s public transportation
In response to Katz’s receipt of the Black Globe for
promoting the Eilat railway, the Transportation Ministry stressed that the
project does not, in fact, come at the expense of any other transportation
project and is instead designed to meet the growing needs of public
One of the railway’s main objectives, the ministry
explained, is to allow for the easy passage of freight from the Red Sea to the
Mediterranean – an issue of national and international strategic
In addition, each train reduces the equivalent of 300 to 600
cars on the road and thereby curbs pollution and increases safety, the ministry
The train route was designed in such a way to induce minimum
impact upon the environment, and a significant portion of the route will pass
through areas of the Arava that have already been violated.
examined dozens of alternatives; and according to environmental and engineering
considerations, this proved to be the best, the office said.