Incoming environment minister: ‘The climate crisis is already here’

Newly appointed Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg at a handover ceremony at the Environmental Protection Ministry in Jerusalem on June 15, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Newly appointed Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg at a handover ceremony at the Environmental Protection Ministry in Jerusalem on June 15, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Incoming Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg vows to use her new position to push for renewable energy sources and to usher Israel into a greener era.

“The climate crisis is already here. We have a few years left before we reach a point of no return,” says Zandberg, of Meretz, at the official handover ceremony at the Environmental Protection Ministry. “It is now or never.”

She says the new government has vowed to pass sweeping climate legislation and “we must also stop dependence on fossil fuels, including gas, and set ambitious targets for the transition to renewable energies,” which would include at least 40% renewable energy sources for Israel by 2030 and zero polluting emissions by 2050.

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