Last chance to help us make Israel a greener, environmentally healthier land: Until the end of April you can vote online for the upcoming World Zionist Congress. The results determine, among other things, the division of power at the Jewish National Fund’s international board.
For the past decade I have sat on the JNF board, largely because of the support and intervention of the Green Zionist Alliance – a wonderful group of young environmentalists who decided to get involved and improve Israel’s environmental performance. This support has allowed me to represent them and pursue any number of important green initiatives which include:
· creating new sustainable forestry policies for the JNF,
· putting bike lanes on the organization’s agenda,
· creating a brand new “affirmative action” program to systematically reach out to Israel’s Arab minorities to finance environmental projects,
· increasing the organizational commitment to green building and solar energy,
· leading the fight to prevent JNF funding over the green line,
· expanding funding for forestry and agricultural research as well as river restoration projects, and
· fighting for good government and transparency.
There is a lot more that needs to be done. Whether or not I can continue depends on whether the “GZA” – or Aytzim as they call themselves these days gets enough votes. It only takes ten dollars to register and 3 minutes online to vote. (The polls close this Thursday April 30th). Here’s a link to Vote Green Israel: www.worldzionistcongress.org
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. And thanks to all of you who have already voted green for the support. – Alon Tal
(Considered by many to be the leading environmentalist in Israeli history, Alon Tal is a co-founder of the Green Zionist Alliance)