Why Curb Israel’s Birthrate? A Zionist Environmentalist Weighs In

Dr. Alon Tal is a Zionist, but he's adamant that Israel's high birthrate must be curbed. In this episode of the Journeys podcast, he explains why.

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Dr Alon Tal, one of Israel’s leading environmentalists, manages to keep a good balance between academic research and public advocacy. Despite his Zionism, American-born Tal is adamant that Israel’s high birthrate must be curbed – and here he explains why.

For the past few years, Tal has been a member of Ben-Gurion University faculty (following stints at the Tel Aviv and Hebrew universities, the University of Otago in New Zealand, Stanford University and Harvard).

As an activist, among other things, he founded Adam Teva veDin, the Israel Union for Environmental Defense; the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; the Green Zionist Alliance; and the Green Movement political party.

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