Environment

We unite to heal and protect the Earth. URI works to prevent conflicts that arise from a scarcity of shared resources.

By uniting to address threats to our shared ecosystem, we can find literal common ground, since every member of every faith tradition depends on necessities like clean water and access to natural resources to survive. Cooperation Circles across the globe collaborate through URI’s Environmental Network, joining efforts to halt climate change, promote biodiversity and reforestation efforts, call for sustainable governmental policies, and other projects to improve the Earth for all humanity.

In the MENA Region we currently have eleven CCs active in the environmental area.

For example Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to promote cooperative efforts to protect their shared environmental heritage. They seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in their region through their Environmental Peacemaking work. They have offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv.

Some of their ongoing projects: the "Good Water Neighbors" (GWN) project, which aims at raising awareness of the shared water problems of Palestinians, Jordanians, and Israelis; the Jordan River Rehabilitation Project; the "Protecting Groundwater" project, which aims to promote sustainable management of water resources and alleviate pollution of groundwater in the Mediterranean basins; the development of 3 FoEME EcoParks (whether to preserve biodiversity, or as a powerful tool for environmental education, they are important community based projects); and the Jordan River Peace Park, which is considered as the concrete first step towards rehabilitating the Jordan River, endorsed by the mayors and communities on both sides of the river.