Shatil focuses on increasing the effectiveness and impact of Israel’s environmental movement by empowering the public to play an active role in protecting the environment; providing consulting and training to grassroots and national organizations; building coalitions that coordinate joint action; and working proactively to address key environmental issues.
Launched in 1995, Shatil’s Environmental Justice Project brings greater activism and solidarity to Israel’s environmental movement and ushers in a new, more professional era of strategic action through:
- Gathering forces to address chronic, unaddressed environmental problems
- Providing consulting and training to more than 40 grassroots and national organizations
- Broadening the pool of environmental leaders and activists from Israel’s geographic and social peripheries.
In recent years, the link between environmental and social injustice in Israel has become more and more evident. Israel’s under-represented, social and geographic peripheries suffer more acutely from environmental hazards and have less access to Israel’s natural treasures than the rest of the country. For years, environmental organizations addressed issues of environmental justice either ideologically or in their projects but there was no focused, or concerted effort to resolve environmental disparities between affluent and deprived communities.
Recognizing the importance of environmental protection and its relationship to a broad range of other social and civil rights issues, in 2011, Shatil initiated a program aimed at facilitating cooperation between social change and environmental organizations to address issues of mutual interest. Since the program’s inception, it has succeeded in uniting NGOs and local activists throughout the country in the promotion of shared goals.
Shatil also coordinates the Porter Environmental Internship program. Click here to learn more about this and our other fellowships.
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