Human Impact on the Environment
Qasr el Yahud - Baptism Site & Story of the Jordan River
This site shows how important the Jordan River is to Christianity, to Judaism and to Islam. We will address the effects of water diversion and water pollution.
Kibbutz Ein Gedi & Sinkhole Lookout Point
The phenomena of sinkholes are directly related to the decline of the Dead Sea. We will learn how this phenomenon is created and debate whether we should stop it or let solutions “naturally” develop.
The Dead Sea Potash Factory or Observation Point
On the way to Arad, we will stop at a viewing point that demonstrates the story of the depletion of the sea. Israeli and Jordanian industries exploit the evaporation of water to harvest the sea’s minerals and are responsible for 40% of the yearly decline of the Dead Sea. We will consider the different conflicting positions and interests/priorities- among industry/tourism/employment/ and the environment, who is responsible for the ecological disaster and how can we improve the situation. Here we also learn about the Safi community in Jordan and their water reality.
Hike to Nahal Bokek
Here on a short hiking path we will encounter both the beauty of Nahal Bokek and the reality of industrial pollution, as well as learn about the process of restoring the stream.