Topic: Environment and Sustainability

Articles

The Meaty Side of Climate Change

"Carbon majors," like big oil and gas companies, have long been the focus of efforts to curb climate change and stem rising temperatures. And yet, while energy giants like Exxon and Shell have drawn fire for their roles in warming the planet, the corporate meat and dairy industries have largely avoided scrutiny.

By Shefali Sharma

Wenn sich Nachhaltigkeit und Wirtschaft treffen

In dieser Ausgabe des Interviews zu „Graduate Success“ sprach Galia Cukierman von dem Heschel Center mit Sheana Schechterman, Direktorin der Nachhaltigkeitsabteilung des Dizengoff Zentrums und Absolventin der dreizehnten Kohorte des Heschel Fellowship-Programms.

Die zweite jährliche Klimakonferenz in Israel

Als Teil der langjährigen Arbeit der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (HBS) Israel bezüglich der Förderung von Klimapolitik organisierte das “Heschel Zentrum für Nachhaltigkeit”, eine Partnerorganisation der HBS, am 9. November zeitgleich zu der internationalen Klimakonferenz in Bonn die zweite jährliche Klimakonferenz in Israel. In Zusammenarbeit mit der deutschen Botschaft in Tel Aviv luden sie den Klimawissenschaftler Christoph Zeiss vom Wuppertal Institut ein, welcher ein Experte im Bereich der sektorenübergreifenden Beteiligungsverfahren ist, die auch als Basis für den deutschen nationalen Klimaplan 2050 dienten.

By Elisheva Gilad

Israels Erdgasboom – Erster Schritt zur Energiewende oder fossile Falle?

Die Energieversorgung Israels war seit der Staatsgründung von der Nutzung fossiler Ener-gieträger und einer Importabhängigkeit aufgrund mangelnder eigener Ressourcen geprägt. Verschärft wurde die Situation zudem durch die politische Isolation Israels, die Kooperationen mit den Nachbarstaaten lange Zeit unmöglich machte und die Energiesicherheit gefährdete. So war auch zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts Israels Energiesystem zu großen Teilen abhängig von Kohle, die zudem fast vollständig importiert werden musste. Die Entdeckung der riesigen Erdgasvorkommen Leviathan und Tamar im Jahr 2009 mit einem Gesamtum-fang von knapp 700 Milliarden Kubikmetern Gas hat das Energiesystem des Landes nun grundlegend verändert. In wenigen Jahren hat sich Erdgas zur wichtigsten Energiequelle entwickelt und wird aller Voraussicht nach auch in den kommenden Jahren weiter an Bedeu-tung gewinnen.

By Fabian Zimmer

The Geoengineering Fallacy

Geoengineering technologies are not yet deployable globally, but support for them is advancing fast, thanks to backing by powerful advocates eager to start experiments. But no silver bullet for climate change exists, and we must not abandon proven methods for the sake of a promise that one will be found.

By Barbara Unmüßig

With or without the Paris Agreement –Trump won’t have the Last Word on US Climate Policy

With states, cities, and citizens willing to double down and move ahead with climate commitments, the global community can still count on many Americans’ willingness to act responsibly in support of global climate actions, even if their White House is not. Unfortunately, such activism will not make up for the failure of the Trump administration to make good on its international climate finance obligation.

Toward a Global Treaty on Plastic Waste

Plastic pollution is a defining problem of the Anthropocene. It is, after all, a global scourge that is entirely of our making – and entirely within our power to solve as well.

By Lili Fuhr, Nils Simon

Precious Soils and Seeds - Industrial agriculture and climate smart farming

The food that we eat plays a big role in the search for solutions to climate change. Agriculture is one of the major contributors of greenhouse gases. But the way we farm our land can also be a big part of the solution.

A Bridge to Peace, Climate Fellows Style

March 23rd was the last in a series of 14 day-long sessions billed as "stage one" of the year long Galilee Climate Fellows Program envisioned and implemented by the Town Association (TAEQ) and HBS partner The Heschel Center for Sustainability; in and of itself, a Jewish-Arab cooperation. Launched just a few short months ago, when nobody yet knew what fruits this enigmatic name of a program would bring.

 

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Multi-Sector Partnership Principles

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Multi-sector partnerships have gained greatly in legitimacy and popularity in Israel over the last few years. It is widely acknowledged today that in order to create comprehensive change on the ground, it is beneficial to bring different stake holders coming from different interests and strengths to the table. In 2015, The Heinrich Boell Foundation initiated a cooperation with the Heschel Center for Sustainability called, "Stepping Up Sustainability in Israeli Cities" with the aim of creating a "think and do" platform for cities, businesses and civil society that would work together to advance municipal sustainability goals. One of the initial goals was to learn from German best practices in the field. A multi-sector forum was established that traveled to southern Germany, meeting with initiatives in three cities, thanks to the support from The Goethe Institute as part of the 50th Anniversary of German - Israeli diplomatic relations. Heschel Center program coordinator and Director of the Center for Local Sustainablity, Ms. Lorit Lebovitz, conducted research that examined case studies from Germany, Israel and the United States and outlined various models of multi-sector collaboration. 

הזמנה לאירוע על צמיחה חכמה

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The Heinrich Böll Foundation is pleased to invite you to a special event on the topic of The New Economy: Toward Smart Growth and Environmental Innovation. The event will include a keynote by the foundation’s President, Mr. Ralf Fücks, as well as other very interesting guests.

What we want

Environmental issues have always been of central importance to the Greens and to the Heinrich Boell Stiftung. Equally important, has been the connections and links made to social and economic issues, creating a holistic vision of society and sustainability. Our work therefore in Israel focuses on climate and energy policy, green economy and smart growth, urban resilience and sustainable communities. We and our partners work with decision makers on the local and national levels in the areas of advocacy, policy development, capacity building and environmental innovation. The foundation supports a variety of Israeli environmental and social organizations, which over the last decade, strive to have a growing impact on policy and society.

For more information please contact Elisheva Gilad: Elisheva.Gilad@il.boell.org

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