Jerusalem’s Bloomfield Science Museum is training schoolchildren to be stewards of the city’s ecological future. The new program takes 300 children and radically changes their knowledge about environmental issues in their community and the world at large.

Young environmental ambassadors

 

Jerusalem’s Bloomfield Science Museum is training schoolchildren to be stewards of the city’s ecological future.

By Rivka Borochov

A new program creating young environmental ambassadors through the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem is training several hundred third- through sixth-graders to be stewards of Jerusalem’s ecological future.

Jerusalem of old – and new – already boasts some very sustainable elements, from narrow car-less streets in the Old City to pedestrian promenades and a new light rail system.

Most residents live in apartments, which are much “greener” than single-family dwellings that take up land, and, with smaller living spaces, Jerusalemites tend to do more with much less stuff. However “green” Jerusalem may already be, there are layers of society that have absolutely no awareness of the worldwide environment movement. Without this awareness, water and energy are being wasted, and plastic and paper are not being recycled.

The new program at the museum takes 300 children and radically changes their knowledge about environmental issues in their community and the world at large.