There is a huge amount of pruned branches being burned part of massive agriculture in Hula Valley. During the night and early morning the bowl shape of the valley brings cold winds down the slops. This process is called inversion, where cold air forms above wormer air.



When the farmers burn their pruned branches the smoke gets trapped batwing the layers of the inversion, the smoke engulfs settlements around that aria.

 

 

To raise some awareness we crated a conference invited a professional speaker- Moshe Shalit from the environmentl unit in local counsel, and government officials from the department of agriculture.

After the publication in the national newspaper about the waist of a third of the water “Neviot” takes from “Ein Zahav” fountain. I found out there is going to be a meeting between “Neviot” and Israeli Water Authority at the factory of “Neviot”.

The Israeli Water Authority is in charge of all water resources in Israel and they are the decision makers for all water issues.

I organized with the activist’s a demonstration in front of “Neviot” company gates.

It was grate, I was interviewed for TV and radio, the police arrested me in order to stop the demonstration, and we got very good feedback from the community.

After, the Israeli Water Authority announced that it was now their intention to help save the draying river.

After our first meeting we decided to start the first 3 days of the semester with a green market. We had a give and take second hand product that the students bring, a market for sustainable goods, Millet Information for recycling, compost, local and international environmental association (Greenpeace).

Also we had lots of good vibes, perfect combination.

The story of “Neviot” mineral water company is a micro cosmos for the way mineral company’s world wide exploit small community’s and their natural resources, with the hope of bringing work to the aria.

“Neviot” get their waters from “Ein zahav” fountain in Kiriat shmona. They get 300,000 metric cubes p

er year we found out that a third of the water is going to the sewage, their profit is huge more then 2000% profit and they do not give anything back to the community nothing. This is very barbaric whey for a company to act.

We went strait to the press, and “Mariv” (big Israeli news paper) posted.

I think the best way to inform people is by collaboration. There are many gropes in college and in the local area. The importance of environmental issues touch all parts of society and are relevant to all.  My intention is to create as much possibility’s for local collaboration, and make fun events so people will commit to the effort.

Participating in the effort are: Nati spokesman, Internet ext – Yolia, Coordinator is Liron, and many other people who help with the campaigns.

Actually the choice has been made, I have been to some interviews and have been chosen to be the next green course chairman for Tel-hai college. There is a very active history for green course in Tel-hai, and I’m proud to take place as the next chairman.

Green course has many continuing education programs for environmental leadership, which I am attending and hoping to learn a lot.

Ein Zahav” is a small stream (3 million cubic meters per year), the fountain is in the center of Kiriat Shmona city, it flows through the city and through a beautiful park it creates a natural reserve in the city.

The stream has bean drayed out in the last 10 years, it has a very sad story, which involve all aspects of human behavior, and is a microcosms for many other natural water sources that have bean taken over and depleted in the world these days.

The water company Neviot takes around 20% of the water in “Ein Zahav”, the rest is taken for drinking water for the city, that leaves the river to dry in the summer for the past 10 years.

There is a social Voluntary association that is struggling to free the river, and I decided to help with the cause. I started with opening face book for the river.

Ein Zahav Facebook page

I went to a meeting of green course, which is an environmental student body in tel-hai. It was very interesting, each campus has their environmental issues and the students volunteer to help the community deal with them and create presser on decision makers.

Green Course

is Israel’s largest volunteer organization for the Environment, committed to promoting environmental awareness and training the environmental leaders of the future”.

“Green Course, the only nation-wide student environmental organization in Israel, was founded under the auspices of the Society for the Preservation of Nature (SPNI) in 1997. We now have over 6,000 volunteer students in 26 chapters in universities and colleges across Israel, including 1000 new members this year. All of the leading academic institutions in Israel now actively provide organizational resources for Green Course chapters”

http://www.green.org.il/eng/

Jordan riverMy friend Moti lives in “Neot Mordechai” and helped me getting started with an apartment. Neot Mordechai is a Kibbutz in upper Galili in Hula Vally. The Jordan River runs through the Kibbutz. The river is literally outside my window! I can go swimming any time I want! The Jordan river is a spiritual place mentioned in the bible several times.

So now I’m settled, off to school!

 

Ahola vally

First post on this blog. Let’s start with why I am doing this. Like the rest of the creatures born on this planet, over the course of our lives we learn and grow by observing the good and the bad that life has to offer. I spend my life trying to find answers to some difficult questions and now I need to find some inspiration, find a way to make this place better and reduce the waste.
I had just finished my 3 year mandatory army service, traveled in India for a while and felt that I need to pursue higher education. The problem is that most of the paths may lead you to personal gain, but will leave you just a cog in the system. I need to find something more inspirational. I don’t understand people who want to study all this non-sense like, Law, Accounting or Economics…. I want something interesting that could give meaning to my life, now and in the future.

So whats next?

My brother, Kenny, told me about a Bcs in Environmental Science in Tel-Chai colege based in Northern Israel (Galil Elion), in the Hula valley.  In my opinion it is the most beautiful and interesting place in Israel. It sits on the syrian-african rift (which is the deapest rift, the Dead Sea is -400m).  The area is a big wet land (swamps) millions of years old.  The western mountains of Ramot Naftali are made from sand stone and the eastern mountains (Golan heights) are bazel, ancient volcano.

This place holds allot of varietions in a very small area. However, the most amazing thing is the biggest bird migration in the world which passes through the Hula Vally. The birds prefer it because of the hot air streems in the rift. They migrate in the millions, it’s crazy!

So with the blog I will keep you posted on the details of my exciting new future, studying environmental science!