New Knesset Subcommittee to Address the Impact of the Environment on Public Health

The Knesset will establish a subcommittee to examine the impact that the environment and climate have on public health, the Knesset spokesman announced Tuesday afternoon, in honor of the Knesset Environmental Awareness Day.

The subcommittee will operate under the Health Committee headed by Idit Silman and will be chaired by MK Prof. Alon Tal.

Opening the committee’s discussion, Silman said that “environmental health interacts with public health over and over again. The dangers of toxic odors, improper sewage treatment, landfills, soil contamination and more are complex and sensitive public issues. That is why today we will establish a subcommittee on the impact of the environment and climate on public health, headed by MK Alon Tal. “

Tal is a long-term environmental activist and the founder of Adam Teva V’din, one of Israel’s leading climate advocacy groups. He joined Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party in 2019 and was sworn in as a deputy for the first time in June as a result of Norwegian Law.

Addressing the decision to create the subcommittee, Tal focused on the remarkable impact that environmental problems have had on public health, stating that “around 2,000 people have died as a result of air pollution in Israel alone. Globally, we are seeing six million. These are higher numbers than those of people who have died from the coronavirus, and now the risks and consequences of the climate crisis are also increasing. “


The first discussion held by the committee focused on the issue of pollution and disease in the Haifa Bay Area, which has one of the highest pollution rates in the country and, as a result, the highest rates of cancer.

“I’ve been dealing with this issue since my first lawsuit with Adam Teva V’din,” Tal said. “Thirty years later, morbidity rates in the area are still staggering. The subcommittee’s mandate is to address precisely these urgent and critical issues so that public health is not affected by procrastination. “

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