” Therefore take great care that you do not damage and destroy my world, for if you do, there is no one to repair it after you. ” 
Ecclesiastes, 7:13

 

ISRAEL HOME GUARDIANS – CITIZENS FOR CLEAN ENERGY

Israel Home Guardians (Shomrei Habayit in Hebrew) is a volunteer organization seeking cleaner energy production and enforcement. Our mission is driven by the understanding that safe energy is critical to a safer Israel and world. We are empowered by our determination to protect our home and future generations and by our numerous volunteers working tirelessly for change.

OUR SUCCESSES​

After fours years of facing the strongest forces of Israel’s economy and politics, our achievements have made IHG a household name and one of Israel’s most prominent citizen organizations in the fields of energy, the environment, and public health.  

Select accomplishments include:

reducing emissions

The Tamar rig operator was forced to invest $40 million in measures that reduced emissions by 98%

monitoring pollution

We’re launching the first independent air pollution monitor in Israel’s history

greening finance

We established the Fossil Free Israel Forum, which has already divested millions to green funds 

influencing policy

Our leaders now frequently attend parliament meetings on energy & the environment. Our goals include strengthening regulatory processes and the commitments pledged in Israel’s climate law  



changing curricula

We helped influence the Ministry of Education to add an obligatory climate change program and remove science materials benefitting the fossil fuel industry  

penalizing polluters

Chevron-Noble Energy was fined over 7 million NIS for emissions to air & sea

OUR SUCCESSES

After fours years of facing the strongest forces of Israel’s economy and politics, our achievements have made IHG a household name and one of Israel’s most prominent citizen organizations in the fields of energy, the environment, and public health.  

Select accomplishments include:

reducing emissions

The Tamar rig operator was forced to invest $40 million in measures that reduced emissions by 98%

monitoring pollution

We’re launching the first independent air pollution monitor in Israel’s history

greening finance

We established
 the Fossil Free Israel Forum,
 which has already divested
 millions to green funds 

influencing policy

Our leaders now frequently attend parliament meetings on energy & the environment. 

changing curricula

We helped influence
 the Ministry of Education
 to add an obligatory climate change program and remove science materials benefitting the fossil fuel industry  

penalizing polluters

We launched nationwide citizen reporting of oil & gas health hazards

But extensive work remains. Here's why:

  • Israel’s energy sector remains almost entirely reliant on fossil fuels, with renewables producing less than 10% of our energy demands. Moreover, we continue to invest heavily in fossil fuels, with plans for more gas-fired facilities and oil and gas exploration, including in the Arava desert. This, despite Israel’s plentiful sun, hi-tech prowess, and urgent calls worldwide to curb emissions.                                                                                    
  • Tackling the climate crisis is particularly critical for Israel and other Middle Eastern and North African countries (the ‘MENA’ region), where average temperatures are warming at twice the global pace. By 2050, some MENA areas will experience up to 200 days a year of 50C° scorchers. MENA is also the world’s most water-stressed region. Reports, including by Nature, the Max Planck Institute, and Israel’s Environment Ministry, warn that unless global emissions are widely reduced, a sweltering, water-starved region will trigger geopolitical tensions, mass human migration, crop damages, wildfires, and more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • A fossil-fuel-based economy will anchor Israel to dangerous and polluting energy for decades. Malfunctions, including structural failures, earthquakes, war, and acts of terror, could pose severe danger to civilians and national infrastructures. Risks include power and desalination plant shutdowns, long-term beach closures, and unprecedented tourism losses.                                                                                                        
  • Israel’s tiny dimensions make it especially vulnerable to petrochemical malfunctions. For perspective, at 22,000 square kilometers, Israel is roughly 448 times smaller than the U.S and 25 times smaller than France. The U.S. Deepwater Horizon spill was 41 miles off Louisiana and contaminated 1,300 miles of shoreline. In contrast, Israel’s entire Mediterranean shoreline is only 122 miles long, and its Tamar and Leviathan gas rigs are 22 and 6 miles offshore.                        
  • Expanding to a global perspective — Earth’s average temperature has risen by about 1.1 degrees Celsius over the last 120 years, primarily through burning fossil fuels.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  •  A flagship 2022 report warns that global greenhouse emissions must be reduced by 43% within eight years to limit Earth’s warming to 1.5°C (2.7° F). Beyond this target, our planet’s climate is expected to spiral out of control, exacerbating food and water shortages and conflicts worldwide.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Israel finally passed its first climate bill in May 2022 and pledged to slash 27% of its emissions by 2030. However, critics call for a 45% reduction, and our treasury and State Comptroller claim we have no chance of meeting even the existing commitment.

FOSSIL FUEL-BASED ENERGY PRODUCTION

  • Will turn Israel into a country plagued by toxic air, drinking water, sea, and soil
  • Is incomprehensible given the global climate crisis driven by greenhouse gases

This is not the future we want for ourselves and our children 

“The government's decision to build a new network of private gas-fired power plants is inconsistent with current energy trends… negates Israel's international commitments on climate change … and creates a more vulnerable energy sector in the face of security risks.”

- Excerpt from letter signed by 100 scientists, including Nobel and Israel Prize winners

FOSSIL FUEL-BASED ENERGY PRODUCTION

  • Will turn Israel into a country plagued by toxic air, drinking water, sea, and soil                                                         
  • Is incomprehensible given the global climate crisis driven by greenhouse gases   

This is not the future
we want for ourselves
and our children

“The government's decision to build a new network of private gas-fired power plants is inconsistent with current energy trends… negates Israel's international commitments on climate change … and creates a more vulnerable energy sector in the face of security risks.”

Excerpt from letter signed by 100 scientists, including Nobel and Israel Prize winners

The Right Course - Transition Israel to Alternative Energies

Leaning on fossil fuels blinds the eyes of Israel’s decision-makers, preventing critical investments in environmental innovation. This approach is fundamentally misguided. Our startup nation features numerous companies tackling climate change – including renewable energy production and storage. Technological breakthroughs would place Israeli companies at the forefront of the international struggle to stabilize Earth’s climate. 

Israel must invest in cleantech and quickly transition its economy to the large-scale use of clean energies, a strategy already pursued worldwide. Benefits – including environmental, health, security, and financial – would dramatically surpass the profits from fossil fuels.

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