A “Hope Tree” planted outside Sea of Galilee incites eco-awareness in Israeli kids and public.
Israel’s only freshwater body of water, the Sea of Galilee (known locally as the Kinneret) is about the only thing every Israeli can agree needs to be repaired. Every year the water line sinks lower and lower, as more water is pulled from the lake for showers, agriculture and a growing population. But “Hope Tree” aspires to create a little more awareness to the problem.
Despite the so-called affection for the Sea of Galilee, and its water levels which can be discussed on national TV programs and radio shows, surprisingly there is little regard for rubbish strewn along its shores. After every major holiday, the beaches at the Sea of Galilee look like Armageddon. But new environmental awareness, starting with kids, may help clean and care for the Kinneret.
I stumbled along this “art exhibit” a few weeks ago when on a tourist run with a family member who wanted to see the sea. At a busy round-about, we can see a tree full of bottles, collected by children from the Sea of Galilee. They call it a Hope Tree – Hope that the Sea of Galilee will be clean and full. It’s a nice idea; let’s hope. I also hope the bottles will be off the tree when it starts to bloom again in the spring.