The Kidron Valley starts in the northern part of the city of Jerusalem and flows through the eastern side of the Old City, separating the Temple mount from the Mount of Olives, until it continues through the Judean desert and connects to the Dead Sea. Throughout most of history, this river was considered the geographic and municipal boundary of Jerusalem and therefore ancient cemeteries were established in its outskirts that were considered out of town. Over time, different religions tied themselves to this river and its route that lead to the mountains of Zion, Moriah and olives. Thus , this river enfolds cultural and historical richness through its geographical beauty.
Despite this important history , in recent decades , Kidron valley is considered one of the most polluted rivers in the country as a result of waste water flowing to him from the northern and eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Furthermore, because of various political disputes considering Jerusalem, there were obstacles in building a treatment center on its route which is under an international debate.
Therefore, this tour would investigate the environmental history of the Kidron Valley until modern days . The tour will start with observing the valley from Mount Scopus, will continue with a discussion about its history and religious background at the foot of Mount of Olives and will end with a walk along the river to the north while discussing its modern pollution.
The last part of the tour will present various environmental projects around the Kidron Valley and will discuss weather its future will be an expression of the ongoing conflict or it will serve as a bridge of religious dialogue and cooperation for the sake of the environment.
It is highly recommended to finish this tour with an interfaith panel that will host representatives of the three religions of Jerusalem that will discuss the connection between faith and the environment. Furthermore, it is optional to add an eco volunteering in the one of the community gardens along the Kidron valley.