The Land Is Full: Toward a Sustainable Vision for Israel’s Future
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During the past 68 years, Israel’s population has increased from one million people to eight million.Such exponential growth has produced acute environmental and social crises in this tiny country. Prof. Alon Tal, one of Israel’s foremost environmentalists, considers the ramifications of the extraordinary demographic shift, from burgeoning pollution and dwindling natural resources to overburdened infrastructure and overcrowding. Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews, Prof. Tal examines the origins of Israel’s population policies and how they must change to support a sustainable future.This presentation is based on Prof. Alon Tal’s new book, The Land Is Full: Addressing Overpopulation in Israel (Yale University Press).
Prof. Alon Tal, a faculty member at BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, was also the founding director of Adam Teva Vadin (The Israel Union for Environmental Defense), Israel’s leading environmental advocacy organization. From 1998 to 2004, he was chairman of Life and Environment, an umbrella group for 80 environmental organizations in Israel. In 1996, he founded the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, a graduate studies center that collaborates with BGU in which Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian students join environmentalists from around the world in an advanced interdisciplinary research program.