Our world today faces a critical challenge: The human population is growing at a rapid pace and with it an increased need to feed, clothe, and provide adequate living conditions for all of humankind, while protecting the earth’s natural resources, eco-systems, and wildlife. Unfortunately, humans have been depleting and damaging the world’s natural resources at an alarming, unsustainable rate. The global climate is changing, eco-systems have been dramatically altered, and the air, water, and soil have been polluted. These changes threaten humanity’s socioeconomic and political stability, food security, and our very future.
At the same time, we live in an era of unprecedented scientific knowledge and technological innovation. We are fully capable of promoting prosperity for all while also protecting the planet. To this end, in 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – interlinked global goals designed to be a roadmap for a better and more sustainable future.
The Middle East is already plagued by water scarcity, rising temperatures, and desertification, and Hebrew University experts have been tackling many of these challenges for years, from pioneering drip irrigation to water reclamation, crop adaptability, natural pesticides, and climate prediction, and are positioned to make a significant contribution towards a more sustainable planet - locally and globally.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a global leader with proven expertise in agricultural, nutritional, and environmental sciences, in earth and climate sciences, public health, urban innovation, nanoscience, public policy, and more. The University has a number of existing climate- and environment-oriented programs and research centers, and recently established the University-wide Center for Sustainability, a powerhouse to promote interdisciplinary research, teaching, policy, and implementation.
In the pages below, you will meet researchers and students, learn about unique Hebrew University programs, and gain a glimpse into the multi-faceted activity manifesting the University’s commitment to creating a more sustainable planet.