Israel Marks Earth Day with Green Accomplishments
Jerusalem, April 22 – Israelis are marking world Earth Day with a variety of events aimed at promoting environmental awareness and action. It is hoped thousands will help clean Tel Aviv’s beaches, while city halls throughout the country will coordinate a lights-off hour from 8-9pm. Several Israeli organizations, companies and individuals will receive prizes for their contribution to the environment during the last year.
- Israel is the world’s most efficient recycled water user, according to the United Nations
Israel recycles more than 70 percent of waste water.
- Israel is home to the world’s largest Seawater Reverse Osmosis desalination plant.
- Drip irrigation, invented in Israel, is used on 60 percent of agricultural land in Israel
African and Asian nations are among those purchasing or receiving Israeli water know how.
- $602.2 million investment for greenhouse gas emission reduction.
- Investment to pioneer projects for new and existing green building.
- New education and information projects to increase awareness and promote public behavioral changes.
- Promote regulations to improve the energy efficiency of electrical appliances.
- Taxes to encourage reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, especially for cars.
- Israel is one of only two countries with more trees today than 100 years ago
- The Jewish National Fund planted 240 million trees in Israel since 1901.
- Israel uses forestation in its anti-desertification work at home and abroad.
- Every year Israelis celebrate a birthday for trees by planting thousands more
- Israeli company Better a Place
- Its first battery switch station will soon be opened at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
- Will offer 130 battery charging points in Hawaii by year’s end.
- First 10 electric cars arrived on Israel’s roads in Jan 2012.
- Thanks to israelseen.com