“Green Pilgrimage” Moves Forward With Vertical Garden Project in Jerusalem’s Old City
This autumn, the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem and its charitable arm, Saint Lazare International, have begun constructing vertical gardens throughout the Old City of Jerusalem as part its permanent commitment to Green Pilgrimage in the Holy Land.
Across the world, vertical gardens are being incorporated into cities with heavy population centers through governmental, civic, non-profit and individual initiatives, citing their sustainability through cost-effectiveness and ability to fit into existing urban landscapes with minimal effort. The Old City of Jerusalem’s unique architecture and system of neighborhood-based communities makes it an excellent candidate for such innovative measures in bringing “green lungs” to its many walled streets, arches and gates. Read more
WHAT IS GREEN PILGRIMAGE ANYWAY?
A pilgrimage is a spiritually transformational experience and usually something you do once in a lifetime. Each year, about 250 million pilgrims travel in the world. When pilgrims go back home – we want them to be spiritually and environmentally transformed. This is where pilgrimage goes GREEN.
GREEN PILGRIMS respect the local culture and environment; minimize fuel-based transportation; eat and sleep in small local places; volunteer and contribute to the place they visit.
GREEN CITIES and sites welcome pilgrims with traditional local hospitality and offer them local grown food; clean and preserve nature and places of history and heritage; create opportunities for interfaith dialogue; invest resources in developing sustainable pilgrimage.
We want Jerusalem to fulfill its role as the most challenging yet appropriate platform for interfaith dialogue and respect, which can impact pilgrim communities all around the world.
WHAT WE DO
We foster DIALOGUE among pilgrim cities, faith communities and environmental organizations
MEET & SHARE
We organize conferences, seminars and workshops in which representatives of the cities and the faith communities MEET, SHARE and LEARN from each other
We provide INFORMATION about the principles of sustainable travel, green faith sources, environment and nature, the Pilgrim Footprint
AROUND THE WORLD
We work in JERUSALEM and throughout the HOLY LAND, while seeking partnerships AROUND THE WORLD
WHAT YOU CAN DO
You can learn why Green Pilgrimage is important, what is our impact on pilgrimage destinations, and use it to prepare for your next pilgrimage
You can become a Green Pilgrim, plan your next pilgrimage according to the Green Pilgrimage philosophy, and become an ambassador of Green Pilgrimage
You can also support our initiatives, financially or by volunteering, and help us make pilgrimage greener, cleaner and healthier for all