The fire in Israel’s Carmel region has eaten away at 5000 hectares of forest land and countless trees this week. It has been the worst fire to take place in Israel’s national history, and has destroyed nearly double the amount that 30 years of intermittent fires had previously effected in the Carmel region. By rough estimate, it will take at least 50 years to replant and regrow all of the trees that were lost and bring the Carmel Forest close to its former condition.
It has been, among other things, an environmental tragedy. Greenpeace Israel hoped to make that clear this week when it issued a public statement about the larger repercussions of the fire.
The organization stated that
“Greenpeace wishes to emphasize that this fire is a direct expression of the effects of climate change and global warming which threaten us all. Climate change is already here and it is taking a heavy human toll! We are at the beginning of the month of December and are experiencing summer temperatures and no rain. If there were rains this year, the ground and trees would have been wet and a fire of this sort would not have raged out of control in such a devastating way. Fires such as these can be expected to take place more frequently and in larger scales as a result of climate change.
Israel must take this warning sign seriously and take immediate measures in order to eradicate the effects of climate change. Israel must cancel its plans to construct another coal plant, reduce use of fossil fuels, and realize that we are dealing with an international struggle.”
Hila Krupsky, Director of the Energy Department at Greenpeace, said that “the current fire should light one big warning sign for us all. Even Prime Minister Netanyahu said yesterday that one of the greatest threats we are facing is global warming. The most sophisticated equipment and the largest army cannot help us with that struggle. We must understand that in this war, only correct use of energy and reduction of greenhouse gases will limit this scary phenomenon.”
Image via: Jerusalem Post
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