The Israel Green Movement is proud to be a grassroots movement started by activists. But the strength of the party comes from combining social and environmental activists with seasoned professionals. Dr. Shmuel Brenner, who has announced his candidacy for the Green Movement list (primaries on 12 December) brings with him more than 35 years of solid experience in environmental science and policy making. Shmuel holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and has served on the faculty at UCLA, the University of Arizona and Tel Aviv University. He is currently a faculty member at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Shmuel, one of the founders of Israel’s Ministry of Environment, served as its senior deputy director between 1990 and 2000. At the ministry, he had responsibility for developing a national network for monitoring radiation and setting up the first national response program for accidents concerning toxic chemicals.
In his capacity as a scientist, he has worked in advisory capacity for numerous environmental agencies around the world, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, NATO, and the World Health Organization. Shmuel also headed the Israeli environmental delegation in the bilateral peace talks with the Palestinians between 1995 and 2000. He is the author of over 60 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.
As a Knesset member with the Israel Green Movement, Shmuel will prioritize:
The development of a national sustainability program.
Issues concerning human health and well-being
Introducing use of the “precautionary principle” in environmental legal and enforcement systems
Emphasis of environmental justice and the rights of minorities as an important part of the Peace Process and Security policy
Emphasis on the rights of population groups who are more sensitive to environmental contaminants (e.g. children, senior citizens and pregnant women).
More on Shmuel can be found on the Israel Green Movement website here.