If you are a college student who wants to take action to improve our environment, then the JNF Project Green program is the place for you. This is your opportunity to join with other students who want to take the lead in getting their college involved in activities to improve the environment in and around your campus, in Israel and worldwide.
2008 will be an exciting year for JNF Green Campus, with an official kick-off on Tu B’Shevat with a new environmentally focused Hagaddah and the opportunity to participate in a campus-wide Carbon Offsetting Competition. Funds raised will go to the Coretta Scott King Forest in Israel.
The Green Times
You can also receive news about the environment, issues relating to it in Israel and JNF programs including Tu B’Shevat and GoNeutral Shabbat, through the program’s Green Times e-newsletter, which includes action items and articles about new environmental developments in Israel and the US.
Coretta Scott King
Perpetuating her message of equality and peace
In the summer of 2006, Hezbollah launched Katyusha rockets into northern Israel, destroying two million trees that covered thousands of acres of forest in the Galilee. As a tribute to Coretta Scott King and her message of peace and equality, a section of the Biriya Forest, which was destroyed by the rockets, will be replanted as the Coretta Scott King Forest. King, who passed away in 2006, was a distinguished human rights activist and leader. She devoted her life to social justice, alongside her husband, The Rev. MartinLuther King, Jr. The Coretta Scott King Forest will join a forest that was planted in Israel in memory of her husband.
From the time of her husband’s assassination in 1968, King devoted much of her energy to building and developing programs for the Atlanta-based Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. She was one of the most influential American leaders of our time and received honorary doctorates from more than 60 colleges and universities.
King wrote a message to Israel’s parliament acknowledging the actions taken by the Jewish state to commemorate her husband: “On April 8, 1968, just before he was killed, Martin delivered his last public address. In it he spoke of the visit he and I made to Israel. Moreover, he spoke to us about his vision of the Promised Land, a land of justice and equality, brotherhood and peace. Martin dedicated his life to the goals of peace and unity among all peoples, and perhaps nowhere in the world is there a greater appreciation of the desirability and necessity of peace than in Israel.”
With your help, we can rebuild Israel’s northern forests, carry on Coretta Scott King’s commitment to peace and justice and offset our carbon footprint at one time.