Between Ruin and Restoration: Protecting Israel’s Environment
Monday, February 24, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
UCLA School of Law
Israel was created by pioneers who returned to their "Promised Land" with a vision of restoration and reclamation. Yet the promise of protecting Israel's environment has not always been kept. The country faces significant air pollution problems, record high greenhouse gas emissions, and concerns over water resource quality. As is well known, the Dead Sea water level is declining and biodiversity is diminishing. This talk will review the causes of the present problems and describe what Israeli environmental activists are doing to restore the ecological integrity of the country.
About the Speaker
Professor Alon Tal's career has been a balance between academia and public interest advocacy. He is a faculty member at the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research in Ben Gurion University, and is currently on sabbatical as a visiting professor in the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University where he is teaching and writing a book on Israeli demographic policy. From 2010- 2013 Tal chaired Israel’s green party (called “the Green Movement”).
Dr. Tal was founding director of Adam Teva V'din, the Israel Union for Environmental Defense and serves on Jewish National Fund board of directors where he chairs the committee for forestry and land policy. In 1996, he founded the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, a graduate studies center in which Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian students join environmentalists from around the world in an advanced interdisciplinary research program. Recognized by the Ha'aretz newspaper as Israel's leading environmentalist, among his awards are the Charles Bronfman Prize for young Jewish leaders and a 2008 life achievement award presented by Israel's Ministry of Environment.
He has published over a hundred academic and popular articles as well as six books. His most recent book: All the Trees of the Forest was published in 2013 by Yale University Press.
Sponsor(s): Institute of the Environment and Sustainability