The New Israel Fund (NIF) has been the leading organization committed to democratic change, social justice, and equality in Israel since 1979. Having been active in these fields for 30 years, it is now expanding its reach to environmental matters and becoming a partner in the Green Environment Fund.
The NIF explains on its reasons for joining the green cause on its website:
“Israelis have long had to balance growth with preservation of the country’s ancient archaeological treasures, as well as developing both industry and agriculture in an arid landscape where water is precious and scarce. Today, environmental concerns in Israel, as in the rest of the world, are multiplying and becoming more urgent with the passage of time.”
The Green Environment Fund – an organization at the forefront of Israel’s environmental movement and the largest funder of Israeli environmental NGOs – has many partners. Its main objective is to strengthen and professionalize Israel’s environmental movement, educate the public, and promote sustainable growth while emphasizing environmental justice.
NIF fellows and grant recipients have already been active in promoting environmental sustainability. Next week, for example, senior Ministry of Transportation officials will meet with the mayors of 11 Arab Israeli towns in order to present public transportation plans for the towns. The plan was initiated by an NIF grantee, Kayan (Being): The Feminist Organization for Women in Arab Society.
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