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Israeli Professor Leads Campaign to 'Save the World' for $10

Three Israelis are among an ambitious group raising crowdfunds to buy ‘hotspots’ in danger of biodiversity collapse

By: Abigail Klein Leichman

Published: July 11th, 2015 in Health » World

Israeli Professor Leads Campaign to 'Save the World' for $10

If you could save the planet with pocket change, would you contribute?

A multinational group of environmentalists, scientists and leaders, led by an Israeli professor, are offering the chance to do just that.

Deeply concerned by the sharp decline in global biodiversity, they’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise $25,000 toward founding This-Is-My-Earth.org (TIME), an organization that would enable anyone to participate in purchasing land in biodiversity hotspots.

“The planet is facing an unbelievable crisis, but because it is happening gradually none of us is alarmed or thinks we can stop it,” says Ben-Gurion University environmental policy professor Alon Tal, one of the eight initiators of the TIME project.

“The common denominator among us is that we don’t want to look back 30 years from now and say, ‘Gee, there was an opportunity to save habitats and we missed it.’”

TIME is the brainchild of Prof. Uri Shanas, a conservation biologist at the University of Haifa and at Oranim, a teachers college in northern Israel. He’s now a visiting researcher at Portland State University in Oregon.

“Uri is a great person, a very brilliant ecologist and activist who decided he couldn’t watch the massive loss of habitat and the collapse of biodiversity without doing something big,” Tal tells ISRAEL21c. “We’ve both been involved in this cause in Israel academically and politically, but this is the first time we’re reaching outside the borders of Israel.”

Though other environmental organizations are already making land purchases for the same reason, TIME has a uniquely democratic approach geared to involving anyone with more passion than cash.

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