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The Jewish Energy Guide

In honor of Tu B'Shvat, the Green Zionist Alliance is releasing the complete Jewish Energy Guide, published in partnership with the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life and its Jewish Energy Network.

 

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The Next Jubilee: A Vision for 2050

Theodor Herzl said that if you will it, it is no dream. What our Earth looks like in the next yovel, or jubilee, year will not happen by accident. Whether our Earth continues to heat up or whether we stem the tide isn’t predetermined — it’s actually up to us. While our present is what we make of it, our future, as Herzl taught us, will be what we make it to be. By our next yovel, if we choose, we can let climate change become the biggest problem ever faced in human history, or we can deal with it and assign it to the dustbin of history. The choice is ours.

 

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L’Dor V’Dor? Intergenerational Equity, Climate and the Jews

The Green Zionist Alliance this week joined five other faith-based environmental organizations, including GZA partner Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in what’s known as the “Our Children’s Trust” case.

 

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Solar Power: Let the Sun Shine

Did you know that there are multiple types of solar power? Solar-energy engineer Benjamin Kahane brings you the lowdown on generating electric power from sunshine.

 

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Social Justice and Climate Change

When we think about climate change, we often think in terms of dramatic shifts in the natural world: melting glaciers, heat waves, tornadoes and earthquakes. One might think that changes in nature affect us all equally. But in fact, poor and non-white populations — both in the United States and around the world — disproportionately pay the price for our overuse of natural resources.

 

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Israeli Renewable Energy Policy

There is increasing evidence that the era of cheap, easily available energy is coming to an end; it may be time for another transformation that will harness new forms of energy to power our lives.

 

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Love Israel? Then Fight Fracking

It is widely thought that the next war in the region will not be over oil, but over water. And fracking for oil threatens to poison the region’s limited fresh-water supply, further escalating tensions and making new peace agreements between Israel and its neighbors harder to achieve, since such agreements will include division of water rights.

 

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The State of Organic Agriculture in Israel

You might think that Israel — where chalutzim, pioneers, throughout the 20th century broke their backs to make the land support a burgeoning population, and where the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel is the country's largest membership organization — would be a natural haven for organic farming. But it’s not easy to make the desert bloom without chemical assistance.

 

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The Science of Climate Change

Climate is the average of the weather over time and space. But taking the average of a constantly changing and location-specific phenomenon is complex. Are we talking about a monthly average? Seasonal? Yearly? Of a county? A state? The northern hemisphere, or globally? Climate depends on the temporal and spatial domain you’ve selected so there isn’t just one climate.

 

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Tikkun HaYam: Saving the Sea

Hillel taught us that we can’t stand by idly, that no matter how great the task, we cannot desist from it. So we’re joining a team: The Green Zionist Alliance is proud to become the first Jewish organizational member in the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care. While NRCCC representatives come from different faiths, we all share the same core values, as well as the belief that our religions compel us to protect the Earth. And together we are developing an interfaith ethic of the seas. So far, we have met in Washington and Hawaii with leadership at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, members of Congress and policy advisers at the White House.

 

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The Energy Cost of Food

Through a series of chemical reactions, plants convert the sun’s energy into stored energy. Humans and other animals eat those plants, releasing their stored energy to power our bodies. Essentially, just as cars get energy from oil, we’re machines that process food for energy. The problem is that in our industrial agricultural system, our food also gets energy from oil.

 

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Photo Slide Show of Samar Sand Dunes

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Israel's Sahara has been saved from destruction by the Green Zionist Alliance and its Israeli partners — check out the photo slide show of Samar!

 

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Green Zionist Alliance: Greening Israel Since 2001

Saving wilderness, fighting fracking, protecting Israel’s 99 percent from the world's 1 percent  — what a decade it’s been!

 

December marks the end of the 10th anniversary of the Green Zionist Alliance. Back before Israel’s Tent Cities and Occupy Wall Street, the Green Zionist Alliance began 2011 by becoming part of a successful effort to change the equation of what percentage of natural-resource profits goes to companies and what percentage goes to the Israeli public, who collectively own the resources. Fighting against some of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, the Green Zionist Alliance and its allies pushed a new law through Knesset that will put billions of dollars into education, healthcare and environmental protection — money that, without our intervention, simply would have gone to multinational corporations.

 

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The Grassroots Campaign for a Sustainable Israel

The Green Zionist Alliance, a North America-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, offers a place for all people — regardless of political or religious affiliation — who care about humanity's responsibility to preserve the Earth and the special responsibility of the Jewish people to preserve the ecology of Israel. The GZA works to educate and mobilize people around the world for Israel’s environment; to protect Israel's environment and support its environmental movement; to improve environmental practices within the World Zionist Organization and its constituent agencies; and to inspire people to work for positive change.

By focusing on the environment while working from a pluralistic and multicultural base, the Green Zionist Alliance seeks to bridge the differences between and within religions and people — helping to build a peaceful and sustainable future for Israel and the Middle East.

 
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Israeli Nature Poll

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Eco-Quote

"If you will it, it is no dream."

- from AltNeuLand, by Theodor Herzl

Did You Know?

60% of Israel's nature reserves are smaller than 1 square kilometer.

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