Galia is the Community and public Involvement coordinator in Tel Aviv-Jaffa community of the Society for the protection of nature in Israel (SPNI). She holds a Master Degree (MA) from Porter school of environmental studies at Tel Aviv University and a Master Degree in History from The Hebrew University. Prior to working in the sustainability field, she was a senior journalist in major media channels of Israel.
Throughout her studies and work, Galia focused on social and cultural issues concerning the environmental crisis, in an effort to identify the large circles that are being affected by the crisis, but also how to solve it. As a part of her work, Galia coordinates groups of residents who struggle to protect important local urban nature sights, organizes public outdoors events and acts to influence public opinion through conventional and social media.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
The climate crisis is an incontestable fact and its consequences affect us globally. Desertification or flooding that threatens smaller, outlying regions may be more obvious, but the main challenge lies in its cities and urban areas.
Cities are the main source of greenhouse gas emissions and focal points of heat stress, flooding, social-economic inequality, and much more. With more than half the world’s population living in urban areas, it is necessary that cities and environmental activists take climate action.
I work for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), the country’s largest and oldest nature conservancy organization. I am the Community & Public Involvement Coordinator in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and its environs, the country’s biggest metro area. In my professional capacity, I am guided by an attempt to preserve remnants of unique natural habitats eroded by urban sprawl and to turn central Israeli cities into better places to live. Those targets are being achieved by building healthy and devoted communities against environmental issues. I have learned that women are a great force to act upon this issue and achieve long-lasting goals. I believe that cities, and their constant flowing human mass, can be the real hope for innovative solutions for a better and sustainable world.