|Samar Sand Dunes Slide Show|
A unique ecosystem in Israel's Arava Valley, and home to endangered species, the Samar sand dunes were saved from destruction by the Green Zionist Alliance and its partners in early 2012. The government had planned on razing the dunes to use their sand for concrete. Although about a third of the dunes were destroyed, the remaining two-thirds have been saved to be enjoyed by both the animals that live there as well as Israelis for generations to come.
You can read about the Samar sand dunes and the campaign to save it here:
Israeli Nature Poll
"Once, while the sage, Honi, was walking along a road, he saw an old man planting a carob tree. Honi asked him, 'How many years will it take for this tree to give forth its fruit?' The man answered that it would require 70 years. Honi asked, 'Are you so healthy a man that you expect to live that length of time and eat its fruit?' The man answered, 'I found a fruitful world because my ancestors planted it for me. So, too, I will plant for my children.' "
- Babylonian Talmud: Taanit 23a
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