The Solar Garden is an Educational Environment Center

Created: 2012-06-30 17:42 EST

Category: Life

The environmental issue has gathered momentum in Israel, too, and it has become a public consensus that in order to bring about a behavioral change, there must be an investment in education. The purpose of the solar garden is to enhance a change in the public perception regarding the environment.

Today, school children from different grades are visiting the garden.

The garden is divided into three disciplines: energy, water, and resources.

[Yaniv Fieldust, CEO, "The Solar Garden"]:
"When presenting each of the disciplines we touch first on the existing status, examine its problems and how we can improve the situation by changing the way we make use of resources and by using technologies."

Water can be used more than once, perhaps even countless times.

In this facility the water from the fish pond goes to a green basin where vegetables are grown.

Tiny germs living on the sea shore turn fish manure into a fertilizer, and this way the water, too, is purified.

From there the water returns again to the fish pond, so that the fish always have clean water.

Learning occurs through experiencing and by using all the senses.

[Yaniv Fieldust, CEO, "The Solar Garden"]:
"Children need to learn by touching, through the senses: through the sense of smell, the sense of hearing, the sense of taste."

Nothing goes to waste. The children learn how to recycle paper, how to manufacture new sheets of paper.

And what have the children learned in the various workshops?

[Noam Shapira, Student of Sharet School, Pardes-Hanna]:
"We took an old bottle and cut it in half, and then we made half a circle and got a sort of a ping-pong paddle. We made balls from old newspapers and then we could actually play."

[Sasha Abramovitz, Student of Sharet School, Pardes-Hanna]:
"What I liked best was to burn the wood with the help of the magnifying glass. It's like the sun took its rays, as if its heat reached the magnifying glass and the glass burned the wood."

In the solar garden one can also learn how to manufacture electricity by using coal and oil, and there is no end to the imagination.

[Guy Raphaelovitz, Student of Sharet School, Pardes-Hanna]:
"You make electricity from such a boat, and it is transferred to that wheel that turns around, and then it goes to the electricity of the poles."

In making flutes out of reeds, as our forefathers have done in different cultures, the children acquired an additional value: working in cooperation with each other.

[Yaniv Fieldust, CEO, "The Solar Garden"]:
"Once the children take that knowledge home with them and pass it on to their parents, the parents change their behavior as well. They start recycling bottles; It starts with bottles."

Hopefully, the next generation will be prepared for saving the natural resources which are running short, and for making use of renewable energies.

Reporter:Aviva Grunpeter     Photographer:Anat Markram
NTD News, Israel