Friends of the Earth Middle East, a civil society advocacy organization jointly established by environmentalists from Palestine, Jordan and Israel, has been officially announced as the 2010 winner of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Award.
FOEME deserves to be better known. They work across communities to improve the water environment of Israel/Palestine. This has huge potential, because the Land needs better water management, and a massive programme of rainwater harvesting and storage, composting toilets, and reafforestation could (a) divert energy from conflict and (b) expand the carrying capacity of the land, so that it could accommodate the expanding population of both Israelis and Palestinians.
I have tried many times in the past to get the International email list of the Green Party to take an interest in this, but they remain stuck in a sterile, antagonistic debate between supporters of Israel and supporters of the Palestinians. This is a huge pity, and a symptom of the lapse of greens away from an ecological focus to a left-right dialectic.
Our MEPs and the Green Group of the European Parliament should be backing FoEME, and pressing for an EU initiative. The EU could supply guttering and cisterns for the rainwater harvesting. I will write to my MEPs in the South West, and to the Green Party MEPs. When I have sent off the submission to Ian Duncan Smith's consultation on 21st Century Welfare.