Josh Tolkan | Masa Israel

Josh Tolkan
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While I always had a strong interest in the environment and served as the nature counselor at a day camp during summer breaks from college, Kibbutz Lotan gave me the tools and vision to lead an environmentally conscious life.
Combining practical study with hands-on projects, I learned about gardening and sustainable natural building, and took part in building the first geodesic dome in Kibbutz Lotan’s Green Apprenticeship neighborhood. A few other apprentices and I also built a sunflower-shaped bench solely from used material, including old tires and plastic bins.
The most important lesson I gleaned from my experience was probably the simplest one: it was to encourage people, and especially children, to connect with the earth. In order to craft a population that cares about the environment, children must have the experience of planting a seed that becomes a plant.