Thursday, November 20, 2014

Drylands, Deserts & Desertification conference today


Today I got to go to the last day of the 5th International DDD Conference -- Drylands, Deserts & Desertification.
This year's theme was Healthy Lands  Healthy People.

You can see the many interesting topics that were covered in the brochure.

The venue was the beautiful Sde Boker campus of Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Right after the closing session, foreign attendees went straight to free buses to Ben Gurion Airport or to Jerusalem.
I took this one northward to Beer Sheva.

But first everyone grabbed one of the delightfully crumpled paper bags filled with a sandwich, citrus fruit, and water.
"Sandwiches on the go"  it was called.
Indeed, the bus soon smelled of tuna and clementines.
It was a good day and a warm day, 27 degrees C.
I learned a lot about the great projects going on in Israel and in the dry parts of the planet.
Idealist people with vision trying to improve the earth and the world. 
UPDATE: The Franciscans just put up a little video report on the conference.
(Linking to signs, signs and to  Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)


William Kendall said...

If only more people worked to improve the world instead of tearing it down.

I like the architecture of the campus setting.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Healthy lands; healthy people. Throw in a little belief in the inherent worth and dignity of others and you have paradise! Shabbat Shalom

Have a great weekend, Dina.


VP said...

I am usually scared by idealist people with vision...

photodoug said...

Great bag lunch. Thanks for sharing.

toby said...

Wow, that does look fascinating! Lucky you!
And for the record, I'm a big fan of big, rounded bus windows :)
Have a great week, and try to stay dry!

Tom said...

Living on the south shore of Lake Ontario, we take water for granted, shame on us. The Beersheva sign interested me, I have been to Beersheva Springs in Tennessee several times. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Dina said...

Tom, It's funny for me to imagine a Beersheva Springs in Tennessee. In Hebrew, Beer means well or spring and sheva means seven, so ancient Beer Sheva was the place of the seven springs that Abraham came to. An alternate meaning is the spring of the oath.