This year I’ll be travelling from Manchester, UK, to join nearly 250 cyclists participating in the 2018 Israel Ride, cycling around 300 miles from Jerusalem to Eilat, to raise funds for the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hazon.
Water scarcity, ecological deterioration, pollution and resource depletion impact all of us, regardless of nationality, gender, age and cultural, religious or political background. I was drawn to the Institute by its core belief that ‘nature knows no borders’ and in 2013, after graduating with a Masters in Energy and Environmental Engineering I interned at the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation.
I experienced first-hand what can be accomplished when students and academics, supported by renowned professors and teaching staff passionate in their fields, work together- cooperating and collaborating on projects in areas of ecology, water and resource management, desert agriculture and renewable energy and energy conservation.
Beyond academics, the Institute provides a unique platform for students and interns to gain insight and increase understanding of others experiences by studying together, participating in respectful debate and conversation in Peace-Building Leadership Seminars run by the Institute and experiencing campus life together.
Each semester around 60 students from Jordan, Israel, Palestine and across the world arrive at Kibbutz Ketura in the Arava desert, just under an hour’s drive north of the nearest city, Eilat. At the Institute, they develop skills and relationships with each other necessary to become future leaders that the Middle East and the world needs, with the ability to work together and lead communities to advance cross-border cooperation in the face of political conflict.
Hazon is a US-based organisation which, similar, to the Arava Institute is focused on sustainability. Since it was founded in 2000, it has become the largest environmental organisation amongst the American Jewish community and engages Jews in environmental education, action and advocacy to transform individuals, families, institutions and communities. It is an inclusive organisation that is open to all and seeks to create impact both in the US and overseas through leadership development.
Would you consider making a donation to this cause? Any contribution, no matter what level, would be greatly appreciated in supporting the work that the Arava Institute and Hazon do.
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