Tuesday, September 11, 2012
This Thursday, September 13, 2012, KKL-JNF will be celebrating International Cleanup Day in Israel, with more than 250,000 volunteers expected to take part in events.
For the twelfth year in a row, KKL-JNF will be leading International Cleanup Day in Israel
. It is the largest environmental project organized in Israel and involves municipalities, regional councils and other organizations. More than a quarter of a million schoolchildren, soldiers, students, youth movement members and others will be taking part in the different cleanup activities in over 120 municipalities all over Israel, in forests, parks and other open spaces. Cleanup Day events are made possible thanks to the ongoing assistance of JNF USA
and JNF Australia
Children clean up the forest. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive.
This year, in conjunction with the Amnir Company, and with its support, trash will be sorted for recycling in bags of different colors—brown for paper, blue for plastic and green for organic waste. There will be ecological projects facilitated by the KKL-JNF education mobile in schools all over the country.
The main ceremony of the day will take place in Switzerland Forest
, in Tiberias, and will be attended by KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler
; Australian Ambassador to Israel HE Ms. Andrea Faulkner
; and Tiberias Mayor Zohar Oved.
There will be about 300 schoolchildren, soldiers, and local residents at the ceremony, with cleanup activities in the forest afterwards. There will also be educational activities in the forest for children on environmental protection and the preservation of natural resources.
Soldiers clean the forest. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive.
An additional clean up day ceremony will be held in the community forest of Rahat, a Bedouin village in the Negev. The ceremony will be attended by Rahat Mayor Faiz Abu Sahiban
, Vice Mayor Naif Abu Ebad
, Director of KKL-JNF's Southern Region Ami Uliel
, and KKL-JNF board members. About 430 Jewish and Bedouin school children and soldiers are expected to attend.
KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler, referring to the work done by KKL-JNF in Israel, said that “as the largest green organization in the Middle East, KKL-JNF decided to pick up the gauntlet and lead International Cleanup Day in Israel. We would like to encourage each and every person to take personal responsibility for the environment. This is environmental and social justice of the greatest importance, and I hope it will carry over into all areas of life in Israel.”
On International Cleanup Day, KKL-JNF connects the State of Israel to the global family. Together with 40 million people in 120 countries who go out to clean up their environment, the people of Israel go outside to clean up Israel. A cleaner, greener, more beautiful Israel will create a more tranquil environment.
Clean Up the World, an organization founded in Australia in 1993, works under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), which is the largest organization in the field of environmental protection in the world today. KKL-JNF joined the UNEP in 2001 and since then has been leading International Cleanup Day in Israel.