Waves environment

  • Issue: August 1993
  • Designer: D. Ben-Hador
  • Stamp size: 40 x 25.7 mm
  • Plate no.: 192
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein Ltd.
  • Method of printing: Offset

Humankind has long used the environment for personal needs. However in the race for progress, people have harmed the environment and left it badly scarred, resulting in far-reaching changes and the destruction of animals and plants. The increase in the world population and the continual rise in consumption has caused the annihilation of our essential natural resources. We have reached a situation whereby people are destroying their own life source and decreasing their chances of survival on this earth.

In Israel of the nineties the environment is still in a critical state: the air is polluted, as is the water, and the land is absorbing more and more poisonous substances. But today, within the framework of the Ministry of the Environment and the environmental units in the local municipalities, innovative action ~ being taken to treat nuisances and pollution and to restore the environment to that which was taken away in the past due to the development, building and industrial fervour.

The government and local authorities are focusing on the following areas:

At the initiative of the Ministry of the A Environment, the Israel Government decided that the year beginning in September 1993 would be the Year of the Environment in Israel. During the Year of the Environment, the Ministry of the Environment, together with the Government

Information Centre, government ministries, local municipalities and various public organisations, will be active in gaining significant improvements in all areas of the environment and in particular, in raising public awareness.

Special efforts will be dedicated to the following areas: The cleaning of beaches and walkways; the closure of 400 uncontrolled landfills and their proper treatment; the establishment of 5 central sites for the collection of solid waste; the rehabilitation of 5 rivers; source separation of waste from government offices and local municipalities for recycling; first stage in decreasing the vast volumes of rubbish; collection of used batteries and their disposal at the central site for poisonous waste in the Negev; the encouragement of consumption of environment friendly products and increasing enforcement actions. The appointment of "Cleanliness Wardens" - all volunteers - will reach 250,000 by the end of the Year of the Environment.

In the area of raising public awareness, a number of special information campaigns will be instituted - exhibitions, marches, information days and educational activities.

The issue of an environmental stamp by the Israel Philatelic Service is a significant step forward in raising public awareness about the environment.

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