Six Muslim and six Jewish spoken-word poets recently took part in the first-ever Interfaith Eco Slam in Jerusalem, an event hosted by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) in honor of World Environment Day.

The United Nations-sponsored day encourages worldwide awareness and action for the environment. People in over 100 countries – including Israel – marked the day through numerous environment-related activities.

This year’s theme was “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.”

“We will only learn to consume with care when we learn to live caringly.  “[The poetry slam] is an opportunity to share and listen, rather than confront or solve. To discover the other beside us and discover that we are truly quite the same,” says Nadav Slovin, of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development.

In related news, EcoPeace Middle East, an organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists, has been awarded  the National Energy Globe Award, today’s most prestigious environmental prize worldwide, for its Jordan River Rehabilitation Project.

“The organization takes pride for this great achievement due to the importance of the Jordan River for the three riparian countries Jordan, Israel, and Palestine, and to the residents of the valley in particular. A rehabilitated River will have both economic and environmental benefits. Therefore, recognizing our efforts will further enable us to work towards our target of a rehabilitated River and turning the area into a tourist attraction point as well as promoting sustainable agriculture,” said Gidon Bromberg; EcoPeace’s Israeli Director.