About the Green Network
The Green Network is an educational organization which strives for environmental and social change, and advocates Education for Sustainability.
The Green Network evolved out of a collaboration between the Heschel Center for Sustainability and the CRB Karev Program. We believe in empowering local actors “from the ground up”. Our goal is to provide inspiration, motivation, vision, knowledge and tools to enable educators and community workers to act in the places where they live and work, towards a sustainable way of life. Lately the Green Network has also branched out to teaching about climate changes and the climate crisis.
We believe that the children growing up in the 21st century will need to find alternatives for growing food, for energy production and for transportation. They will also need to protect water sources and halt the process of deforestation. They will need to guard democracy, unravel the bonds between big money and government, allow people to earn a decent living and create a social network that protects “The Common goods”, providing them with health and justice.
These challenges require that we realign education towards sustainability and create a new pedagogy that will provide todays youth with a deeper understanding of environmental issues, a sense of belonging and the ability to inspire change.
We have a vision of a world grounded on the values of Sustainability, a society that is characterized by a sense of connection to one another and to the natural world around us. We seek a culture based on an ethic of care and responsibility. We believe these values will sustain our generation and our children in future generations.
he Green Network’s staff is of about 50 professionals, training educators in hundreds of schools and pre-schools across the country every year. We work in all sectors of the Israeli society – Arabs and Jews, religious and secular, in cities and in peripheral areas. We see in multicultural diversity a key element of the Green Networks’ purpose: to nourish pluralism, respect and care for other people and the planet in the Israeli conflict-ridden social context.
In the past 23 years the Green Network has trained thousands of teachers and principals in different programs, and has incorporated innovative and creative teaching methods.
Over the years The Green Network has accumulated a substantial amount of practical and theoretical experience. The Network provides teacher-training and educational materials, spreading methodologies and models for implementing Environmental Education.This enables us to influence and contribute to educators and communities anywhere in Israel – and around the world.
Our facilitators have also been teaching courses for MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation. We act on the principle of “Sustainability without borders” that enables us to pass on the insights and pedagogical tools we developed, adapting them to different cultures and to the local reality and helping local educators use available resources.