“Israelis are tremendously committed to the environment. We can move mountains if optimism motivates us.”
Alon Tal founded the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (IUED) in 1990 and has been working in public interest advocacy ever since. In 1996, he founded the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, an advanced academic center where Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinian, and international students study together.
Alon was the Chairman of Life and Environment, Israel’s umbrella group for 80 environmental NGOs, between 1998-2004. He has taught environmental law at Tel Aviv University for 15 years and was recently appointed professor of environmental policy at Ben Gurion University in Israel and a visiting professor of Law at Otago University in New Zealand.
He has a small private practice where he offers pro bono representation for environmental NGOs.
If you want to read his book, and can’t find it in the library, or a local store see: Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environmental History of Israel