Topic: A Brief History Of Israel’s Environmental Movement: A Snapshot Of Today’s Sustainability Challenges And Successes
Speaker: Jay Shofet, Director of Partnerships and Development at SPNI
A recorded free live webinar held on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 am Pacific Time (recording below).
The Jewish Community Centre of Victoria (JCCV) hosted a special free live webinar dedicated to Nature Israel (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel – SPNI) and the organization’s role in addressing Israel’s environmental challenges.
SPNI is Israel’s largest, leading environmental organization. For over 60 years SPNI has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Israel’s natural resources, environment, natural assets and unique landscape. The work carried out by SPNI now will determine what the land of Israel will look like for generations to come.
The Canadian Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (CSPNI) was pleased to lend support to this program through the creation of this partnership with the JCCV, in support of SPNI’s work. CSPNI’s mission is to raise awareness, and funds, for the work of SPNI to protect and preserve Israel.
This free live webinar was be led by Jay Shofet, Director of Partnerships and Development at SPNI, and will highlight the programs run by SPNI to protect and preserve Israel’s fragile ecosystem and valuable resources. In previous roles Jay served as Director of The Green Environment Fund and the Sheli Fund for local environmental activism, and has broad experience working throughout the Israeli NGO and philanthropic sector including within the Jewish Agency for Israel. Jay traced the growth of Israel’s environmental movement from its early-decades focus on a romantic notion of conservation, through its growth and professionalization stage in the 90’s, to its grassroots focus on sustainability in the last decade. Then, he gave a snapshot of where things stand today: how a new ethos of dense, sustainable cities is slowly developing; how land use planning affects everything; how the push for renewable energy is fighting against entrenched economic interests and old infrastructure; and how Israel’s world-class biodiversity is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation — and what SPNI is doing about it.
Attendees were invited to ask questions and share comments after Jay’s talk.
Please click on the link below to view the webinar recording.
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