Target: Ze’ev Elkin, Environmental Minister of Israel
Goal: Force Israel Railways to fix its trains or stop their use entirely.
Israel Railways is refusing to comply with environmental regulations posed by the government, resulting in excess illegal pollution. The company is not willing to reduce pollution from its train stations in Tel Aviv. This pollution is at dangerous levels for humans to breathe, especially for children, the elderly and pregnant women.
The company has already been issued a court order and has a pending hearing with the government. Israel Railways claims that because the trains would have to be out of commission to fix the pollution problem, it is not worth the time or money. The company went as far as claiming the government is trying to create transportation chaos. This can not be the attitude of companies if our world is to fight climate change effects and reduce emissions.
According to the Environmental Protections Minister, 2,500 Israelis die every year from pollution, almost all of which is coming from vehicles such as cars and trains. That is far too many people to die from something that is easily prevented. Although fixing pollution may be expensive and time consuming, the future of our species depends on clean air.
Sign this petition to demand that the government act immediately to remedy the air quality in Tel Aviv and punish the company responsible for the pollution.”
Dear Minister Elkin,
Israel Railways is refusing to comply with pollution standards. You claim this pollution is responsible for over 2,000 Israeli deaths each year. If this is true, ensure that this company in punished for putting its profits over the lives of those who use their services.
A court order has already been issued, and there is a pending hearing to decide what is to be done about Israel Railways. Your government has been working with the company for years to combat this problem, yet Israel Railways still does not comply. We, the undersigned, urge you to show your power by refusing to allow the company’s trains at the stations until this problem has been solved.
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