ISRAEL - University to Be Totally Sustainable in 2 Years

Arno Froese

Setting a target to reduce its campus’s carbon footprint, Tel Aviv University will become the first institution of higher learning in Israel to switch entirely to sustainable electricity in two years using photovoltaic cells on rooftops. It will even try to reduce the amount of food prepared for events and cut waste.

The Green Campus Committee presented an external, comprehensive and objective report prepared by EcoTraders, a leading environmental and energy management advisory company in Tel Aviv that provides institutions with ways to fight climate change and promote energy efficiency and sustainable technologies dissemination, according to the GHG Protocol. The protocol is the global standardized framework used to measure greenhouse gas emissions. The company assessed all campus greenhouse gas emissions, both direct and indirect.

TAU says it places great importance on taking action to use sustainable energy, recycle water and materials, limit the use of paper, reduce emissions caused by transportation and flights, and introduce green purchasing procedures, with the goal of eventually attaining carbon neutrality. It expects other Israeli universities will follow in its footsteps.

The team concluded that the new report lays down the infrastructure that allows TAU to take a holistic view of its total greenhouse gas emissions and identify the activities that cause the most pollution.

“It will allow us to monitor and inspect the reduction in emissions over time and compare the numbers with the original values,” the team said. “It is not trivial that the university is investing resources in collecting and analyzing the data—and it is even less trivial that the university is publishing this data. But we are committed to our strategic vision of striving to attain carbon neutrality in the future.”, 3 August 2022

Arno's Commentary

Climate change is the key reason for the multiplying of environmentally concerned organizations. According to Wikipedia, there are over 15,000 environmental organizations around the globe, and more are being added almost daily. The purpose? Save the world, save the planet, save the animals, save forests, save the rivers, and innumerable others attempts to become a savior of God’s creation. None of these organizations, however, are concerned with saving the soul. 

Jesus said, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Interestingly, while environmentalism is growing in popularity, institutions whose goal is to proclaim eternal salvation are decreasing.

When reading some of the statements of purpose and goals, there is no question, it is for the well-being of people and the world in which they live.

One thing we cannot deny: life expectancy is higher than ever before. In most developed nations, there is 100% availability of clean drinking water. Animal protection agencies are at work globally. That goes for vegetation, rivers, oceans, and the air as well.

Here a testimony: it was in the late 1960s in Ohio, when this writer saw little yellow spots on the laundry drying outside on the wash line. It happened repeatedly because of a metal factory not far from the residential area. A stream called the Little Miami River discharged an unpleasant odor; often, fish would be seen belly-up. During a visit before the year 2000, factories were required to filter their discharge, whether in the air, lakes, and rivers. For that we thank the environmentalists.

What does the Bible say? Will the world be saved? No! “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

Incidentally, this is also confirmed by scientists:

Civilization is doomed.

That’s probably not the first thing you want to read when you pick up a book, but it’s true. Humanity—and all life in the universe—is going to be wiped out. No matter how advanced our civilization becomes, no matter if we develop the technology to hop from star to star or live for six hundred years, there is only a finite time left before the last living creature in the visible universe will be snuffed out. The laws of information have sealed our fate, just as they have sealed the fate of the universe itself.

-Decoding the Universe, Charles Seife, 2006, p. 1

However, in the meantime, we have the absolute guarantee by the Creator Himself regarding our planet: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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