What is JNF ?
- An Environmental Movement for Tomorrow
is a campaign to educate individuals about the positive impact they can have on the environment by:
- Making simple lifestyle changes to reduce the amount of harmful carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by their daily activities and purchases.
- Going “neutral” - offsetting their emissions by planting trees in Israel (see What does it mean to go carbon neutral?).
- Funding JNF’s cutting-edge environmental projects.
How is carbon dioxide related to global warming?
The burning of fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas) for energy releases carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere, trapping solar heat and increasing the earth’s temperature in a process known as the greenhouse effect. While a variety of gases cause the greenhouse effect according to most scientists, carbon dioxide is responsible for approximately 65% of human-induced global warming.
What are the consequences of global warming?
The effects of global warming on the environment are already evident. Glaciers are melting, severe storms and droughts are becoming more frequent, and animals are being forced out of their natural habitats. Left unchecked, rising temperatures can have disastrous consequences for our planet, including intense heat waves, destruction of coastal communities because of rising sea levels, droughts and wildfires, and species extinction.
What does it mean to go "neutral?"
Through activities such as driving a car, flying on an airplane, and doing laundry, the average person is responsible for emitting 23 tons of carbon dioxide each year (this includes the CO2 emitted in the production of goods we purchase). The first step in making a difference is to cut down on these emissions (see What You Can Do
). The next step is to go “neutral.” This involves determining your impact on the planet and purchasing GoNeutral credits to support environmentally friendly practices that reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. One common way to do this is by planting trees. To learn about other ways JNF is making a difference, see How JNF Is Helping
How does planting trees help?
According to scientists, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for photosynthesis. As a result of this chemical reaction, oxygen is released into the air while carbon is sequestered, or stored, in the tree. About half of the weight of a mature tree is carbon.
Why should I plant trees with JNF?
The success of planting trees to offset emissions depends on the sustainability of the forests planted. All trees give off some carbon dioxide naturally, but as long as a tree is alive and growing, it will always absorb and store more than it emits. This is why mature forests are called “carbon sinks.”
A Century of Forestry Experience
With over 100 years of experience as caretaker of the land of Israel, Jewish National Fund has planted more than 240 million trees, transforming over 250,000 acres of arid land into lush green forests. Because of JNF’s forestry expertise and commitment to environmental protection, Israel is one of two countries to leave the 20th century with more trees than it had at the start. The trees already planted by JNF have absorbed an estimated 110 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Click here for more information on JNF’s forestry expertise.
An International Collaboration Helps Protect Israel’s Forests
After devoting a century to developing forests and making the desert bloom, JNF now works to protect these forests from challenges such as fires, droughts and soil erosion. In 1987, JNF began an educational exchange partnership with the USDA Forest Service. The two organizations work together to mitigate the effects of insects, fire, and soil erosion; apply agro-forestry and resource management techniques; and develop outreach and education programs for field workers in the U.S. and Israel.
How much carbon will be offset with each tree JNF plants?
Each tree will absorb an average of one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
How long does the average tree live?
The average tree planted in Israel by JNF lives for 70 years. Each tree that lives to its full potential will offset a ton of carbon over its lifetime.
I live in New York. Don’t I need to plant trees in New York to offset my carbon emissions?
Global warming is a global problem and its effects are not confined to the areas where carbon dioxide emissions originate. Therefore, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in Israel’s atmosphere has a positive effect on the global ecosystem.
What types of trees will be planted?
JNF will plant a variety of trees in keeping with its diversified forestry program.
If I invest in JNF’s environmental projects, what will my donation be used for?
JNF has been performing environmental work in Israel for over 100 years. Today, as the problems that are plaguing our planet become more apparent, we continue to develop and implement cutting edge environmental projects. Your generous donation will be put towards: developing water desalination and purification techniques, creating sources of alternative and solar energy, implementing afforestation techniques, research on grappling with arid land management, and developing methods of battling land degradation and combating desertification.
Where can I learn more about JNF’s environmental activities?
For more information on JNF’s environmental activities, visit How JNF is Helping