Naameh Landfill To Close Permanently in 2015

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Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnou assured on Tuesday that the Naameh landfill will be shut down in 2015 once the extended contract expires. As you all might recall, Nahmeh residents started a protest a couple of month back and blocked the road to the Nahmeh landfill causing a major garbage crisis in the country.

While this is good news for the Nahmeh residents, what the government should do next is revise the contracts signed with Sukleen and work on a better recycling process in order to get rid of public waste in an eco-friendly way. The last thing we need is a new landfill in a different location.

Speaking of Sukleen, they announced lately that they are giving away recycling boxes for offices. If you are interested in having them, read more [Here].

Lebanese Desert Runner Ali Wehbe Running For Autism

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Ali Wehbi is a Lebanese extreme runner and the first Arab ever to join the very private 4 deserts club. Ali enjoys running in extreme conditions and completing new challenges. He is one of 125 runners to complete the four deserts and the first Arab ever to enter the 7 continents race. He also took on an adventure in the North Pole in the toughest of conditions. He is known as Alain Wehbi in France.

Having said all that, Ali Wehbe’s next adventure will be running Lebanon for 12 days in 12 marathons in order to raise awareness and support the Lebanese Austism Society (LAS). Ali Wehbi will cross around 550km and will make 11 stops. During each phase of the marathon, he will be accompanied by students from 12 different schools.

The race kicks off on April 2nd and ends on April 13 2014.

Dear Lebanon

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Dear Lebanon is a movie showing Lebanese teenagers’s views on Bombings, Religion and Politics. I want to believe that the new generations will make a change in the right direction and rebel against the corrupted political class that’s been ruling and ruining the country for years but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

What does this constant insecurity mean for them? What are their thoughts on religion and politics? To what extent do they feel personally affected by the bombings?

Together with a team of eight youths between the ages of 15 and 18, film producer Raphael Schanz set off on a journey in search of answers. During the course of seven weeks he accompanied them through the streets of Beirut and discussed the points in which they felt their wishes clashed with the crude reality. This 30 minute documentary features youths’ ambivalent love for their home country. Which role do teenagers see for themselves in Lebanon? How can they succeed in making their voices heard?

via StopCulturalTerrorismInLebanon

Lebanese Individuals, Companies and Organizations Participating In The 2014 Green Mind Awards

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The Green Mind Award is an annual program that awards the Top Green Achievements done by Individuals, Companies and Organizations in the MENA Region. Here’s a list of participants from Lebanon that you can vote for under their respective category:

The Green NGO Award
– The Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), The Green Production Help Desk (GHD)
– Beirut Green Project, Beirut Green Guide

The Green Education Award
– Christelle Ziadé, L’Art-Terre du Savoir-Vert
– Michel Maalouly Student Group, Sustainable Housing Unit
– Lama Al Haj Hassan, Breathe Green (Not sure if that’s a Lebanese project)

The Green Media Award
– Eurisko Technology Solutions, Green Lebanon
– Oleg Farah, Standby

The Green Industry Award
– Wines of Lebanon, IXSIR (Project and Winery)

The Green Individual Award
– Ramy El Khazen, The Junkyard
– Pascal Ibrahim, Green Micro-Landscape (Not sure if that’s a Lebanese project)

The Green Hospitality Award
– MON MAKI A MOI, MON MAKI A MOI
– Bioland, Bioland Green Meeting Point

The Green Community Award
– Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, NEEREA
– Municipality of Jbail, Jbail – a Zero Waste City

The Green Innovation Award
– Green Studios, Hydroponic Green Walls and Roof Gardens Adapted to Hot Weathers (Not sure if that’s a Lebanese project)

The Green CSR Award
– AUB, Hazardous Waste Management Program

I couldn’t find any participants under The Green Woman Of The Earth Award and there’s no information available on any of the projects submitted which is weird.

Earth Hour 2014 In Lebanon

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Earth Hour is taking place this year on Saturday March 29th at 8:30pm. Last year, Achrafieh went dark for an hour to celebrate Earth Hour and I hope this years other cities from all around Lebanon will do the same. Thousands of cities in more than 150 countries will switch off their lights for Earth Hour 2014.

This global event is to remind us all that we have to seriously start considering renewable energies as individuals and as a country.

You can check out [Earth Hour Lebanon] for further info.

A Car-Free Day In Monot Street On March 30

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In case you haven’t been there to any of the car-free days organized by Achrafieh2020, here’s your chance to attend one on March 30 in Monot Street, Achrafieh.

The last car-free day was in Gemmayze and it was great! I usually go early in the morning and stay till around noon but things start to pick up after lunch and it’s usually packed in the evening with music playing everywhere and bars and restaurants open all over the street.

If you want to take a look at previous events, check out pictures from the Achrafieh and Rmeil car-free days.