80% of energy produced worldwide comes from fossil fuels, in Israel this percentage is even higher, almost 97%. In the meantime, climate change and pollution affect lives of millions globally and locally. Break Free is an annual world-wide action promoting transition to renewable energy sources and EMIS students took part in it last month. The campaign in Israel was led by Greenpeace and was aimed at advocating for closure of coal power plants in the upcoming two years.
In the era of rapid urbanisation and exponential growth of population, and because there are no more lands to accommodate for agriculture, food is becoming more scarce and has to travel longer distances in order to get on our plates. That leads to increase in food prices, bigger carbon footprint of nourishment production and more chemicals in our meals – phenomenas holistically called a food crisis. To learn about causes and possible solutions for this gripping issue, we visited a hydroponic farm in Tel Aviv.
Once a year, Knesset, the Israeli parliament, holds a day that is devoted to the environmental issues. Many environmental movements in Israel come to the Knesset, speak out in committee meetings and advocate for sustainable actions. This year, Keren and Adee from Green Team joined and went to the Knesset with an Israeli environmental movement Green Course.
At EMIS, we try to take education well beyond the classroom. The same values shares Tel Aviv University, which recently organised TAU Science Night. EMIS as one of a few external organisations was invited to hold its station during the event and Green Team was representing the school there.
Following successful anti-Coca-Cola campaign of Greenpeace UK, chapters of this organisation started similar campaigns worldwide. Also Greenpeace Israel started its efforts to push for change in company’s policies. Green Team members joined Greenpeace in some of the actions.
Flat-topped mountain near to Tel Aviv, the Hiriya, is one of the most characteristic places around the city. After over 35 years of functioning as a landfill, the place has been turned into waste disposal facility, educational centre and an ecological park. Green Team members went there to lear more about waste disposal and reuse.