Yael was born and raised in the south of Israel. In her early teens, she moved to the United States and, later on, moved to Paris. She is completing a Master Degree in Environmental science, and her thesis is on agro-activism and direct farming. Yael is also a research assistant in an Applied Anthropology lab and works on refugees' integration. She is a certified community organizer and was the head of a national campaign promoting public transportation and environmental justice in Israel's biggest environmental NGO, Green Course.
Yael is the co-founder of WayUp, an initiative promoting solar energy in public housing in Israel founded in DesignX, MIT architecture, and planning accelerator. Now, she is a part of a team, leading a new project- the multi-cultural greenhouse, an initiative devoted to promoting urban farming and environmental entrepreneurship in Hatikva neighborhood is south of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
She is a public speaker and talks about leadership, food waste, sustainability, and urbanism, mostly to schools and the public sector. She believes in creating solutions to environmental problems and passionate about finding these solutions in cities.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
I’ve been always interested in the environment. After I graduated from high school, I worked as a tour guide in 'Nature and Parks Authority', in southern Israel. I've always tried to reduce my own negative impact on our planet, I usually buy second-hand clothes, recycle and produce less trash. In my early twenties, as a student in Paris, I had my first academic contact with climate change, when I took a class in Climate Politics. I had the chance to attend the Paris Climate Conference and it was then that I realized I had to take a bigger active role. I started attending protests and demonstrations and it was clear to me that the climate crisis is not only about the climate, but it’s also about democracy and the distribution of power. I decided to start from my base-town, Tel-Aviv-Jaffa, to promote climate justice. I believe that change is necessary because I am part of the last generation that can still make a big difference and change the paradigm of climate change, and I will fight for that.