Tu b’Shevat survey: Israelis want to plant trees


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 71 percent of Israelis have planted a tree in their homeland, a survey said.

A Tu b’Shevat survey conducted for the Jewish National Fund also found that 80 percent of Israelis wish to plant a tree today.

The survey interviewed 500 Israelis. Some 21 percent of those interviewed said that planting trees reminded them of Tu b’Shevat, or Jewish Arbor Day, which will be marked this year on Saturday. Some 25 percent said trees were planted for fresh air, according to the survey.

Some 240 million trees have been planted in Israel since 1901, Ynet reported. JNF is planning to plant 7 million trees in the next 10 years to fight global warming and to absorb carbon dioxide, Ynet reported.

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