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Alon Tal

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Alon Tal is an environmental leader, researcher and social entrepreneur. A faculty member Ben Gurion University, his research involves environmental and water policy. He is a long-time advocate for stabilizing population in Israel a co-founder of the new Israel forum for Demography, Society and Environment. Tal was the founding director of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, Israel’s preeminent environmental organization, where he initiated dozens of legal actions against polluters and the government for inadequate environmental commitment. He also founded the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, a regional Middle Eastern training program for Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinian and international students. From 2010 to 2013 he chaired Israel’s Green Party. In 2015, along with Uri Shanas he co-founded “This is My Earth”, an international initiative to use crowdsourcing strategies to acquire critical habitats for biodiversity protection. From 2006-2015, Professor Tal has headed the Jewish National Fund’s international board’s committee that oversees Israeli forestry policy. At age forty eight he was awarded a life achievement award by Israel’s Ministry of Environment. Professor Tal has been an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of Otago in New Zealand. He represented Israel at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Among his previous books are Pollution in a Promised Land, Water Wisdom, All the Trees of the Forest and most recently – The Land is Full.

Alon Tal was a Serling Visiting Israeli Scholar at MSU in spring 2014, fall 2015, and will return in fall 2016. Alon Tal has taught and will teach the following courses at MSU.

MC335 Israeli Politics, Cultures, and Society
MC351 – Science and Social Policy: Global Population and Sustainability MC390: Environmentalism in Israel
MC391 Climate Change and Public Policy
MC/FW 450 International Environmental Law and Policy

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