New Hope for the Environment
At the ethical level, there needs to be a strong justification to legislate laws that limit an individual’s freedom. Such justification does not exist for criminalizing the use of the cannabis plant by over a million Israelis. Medical research proves that cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol and is less addictive than cigarettes. Thus, its legal standing must be no more onerous than theirs. Moreover, the criminalization of cannabis users marks many Israeli youth as criminal offenders and, beyond the infringement on the rights of the individual, the matter undermines the trust between the citizen and the judicial system and law enforcement.
The plan includes ten main points of action:
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions – setting an emission reduction target of up to 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
- Switching to renewable energy – setting targets of 45% renewable energy by 2030 and 95% renewable energy by 2050, among other things by encouraging the installation of solar panels while maintaining open spaces. At the same time, we will reduce Israel’s dependence on fossil fuels.
- Improving air quality in Israel – among other things through reforming the air monitoring system and increasing enforcement of regulation compliance by industrial plants.
- Advanced electric transportation – setting a goal that by 2030, 95% of the new vehicles on the road, as well as public transportation, will be electric. In addition, by 2025 we will complete the removal from the roads of old diesel vehicles. We will also promote ‘clean air zone’ programs in major cities.
- Preservation of Israel’s beaches – we will work to open the beaches for the benefit of the public while protecting against pollution and stopping the discharge of sewage. Among other things, we will increase the budget for cleaning beaches, and implement the law for the protection of the environment around the Sea of Galilee and rehabilitate its shores.
- Preservation of open spaces – we will prioritize investment in urban renewal plans instead of building in open spaces. We will also promote accelerated development of public transportation infrastructure and smart cities, with an emphasis on large metropolitan areas. In addition, we will formulate a national plan for the protection of biological diversity in Israel.
- Encouraging recycling and reducing landfill – we will reduce the waste transferred to landfills from 76% today to 20% by 2030. We will promote initiatives for accelerated development of the recycling market.
- Reducing food waste and promoting sustainable agriculture – alongside increasing punishments for the abuse and harming of animals.
- Haifa Bay – promoting a plan to relocate the polluting industry in the area, while ensuring workers’ rights.
- Cleantech – developing the clean technologies industry, which will be a growth engine for the Israeli economy.