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Local green momentum

by ben May 15 2008
Things to doEnvironment

Live Earth at Wembley

Will throngs of earth-loving Jerusalemites some day rival those of England?

Environmental activism seems to be reaching a fever pitch here in Jerusalem. Nearly a year after Live Earth woke up the rest of the world, a movie of that festival's performances screens tonight at the Jerusalem Cinematheque's promising EcoCinema series. The week-long festival features loads of green flicks and other encounters, with a handy short list of highlights available at the Green Prophet blog.

Meanwhile, a few minutes away, the International Convention Center (Binyanei Hauma) hosts the first-ever Environment and Nature Conference, taking place this coming Sunday and Monday.

Keynote speaker and Israeli President Shimon Peres is set to open the conference, hopefully after a long nap that undoubtedly followed the intense few days he has spent hosting the leaders of the free and not-so-free world.

And about a kilometer away from there, The Botanical Gardens offers a weekly instructional course on gardening, while gearing up for a June 15 event that provides a glimpse of the big picture of Jerusalem's relationship with nature.

Photo of the Live Earth concert in London courtesy of Lancey from flickr under a creative commons license.

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