Memos, agreements, bills, pacts, hand-shaking…we’ve heard a lot of talk about Israel and its intent to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The latest episode is yesterday’s announcement that MK Ofer Paz-Pines (Labor party) has submitted a bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Israel.According to INN, the bill will call for a 25 percent reduction of greenhouse gases by 2010, and 50 percent by 2050. Once the bill is made into law (crossing fingers and toes), then the Ministry of Environmental Protection will be called on to formulate a national emission reduction plan within six months of the bill entering into law.
But wait a minute – the Environment Ministry operates on a sub-par budget and suffers from being able to put its laws into action. The general consensus over here seems to be: break the law, wait to see what happens, and then fight the fines in court.
The catalyst to getting anything done comes from the resourcefulness of the nation’s incredible number of NGOs.Someone in the mood for starting a new one – against greenhouse gas emissions?