Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. If you have been watching the news, then you have been seeing what I’m seeing…campaigns on the news pertaining to littering and water conservation. First off, I would like to say that this is AWESOME. This is a new initiative in Lebanon and I’m thrilled that it’s happening.

Pertaining to littering, the first is one that shows some of our beautiful natural sites, such as the Raouche, certain mountains, etc., turning into heaps of garbage. The second is a man who litters, he responds “shu, wi2fit aandeh?” (so, it stops with me?) whenever someone addresses him or asks to stop until someone throws a banana peel on his windshield and he realizes the inapppropriateness of his actions.

The one pertaining to water conservation is a little different. It shows cracked soil, and at first we think we hear a sheep baah-ing, until we realize it is a man on all fours asking for water. At the end, we are asked to conserve water.

The first advertisement indicates that littering is a big problem in Lebanon, and conveys that we should throw our trash in the garbage bin, which is great. However, I would like to add that plastic, paper, aluminum, and glass can be recycled. These recycling bins are all over Beirut.

As for the second pertaining to water conservation; there are many ways as to HOW to conserve water. There are many ways to do so, even at home.

First is an old but valuable tip; monitor personal use. For example, turn off the water when you are not using it. For example, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. While shaving, fill up the sink with a few inches of water to rinse off the blade, instead of keeping the faucet running.  When washing the dishes, don’t keep the water running while scrubbing; run the water only when you are rinsing the dishes. Take short showers, rather than 30-minute ones.

In terms of household utilities and appliances, there are many that conserve both water and money! For example, there are environmentally friendly toilets (we’ve seen them, the type with two flush buttons) and low-flow faucets which are readily available and will save you money and resources. If you have a dishwasher, make sure to only run full loads to make good use of your water. The same goes for laundry machines. Make sure you don’t have any leaky faucets or toilets, etc.

Lastly, there is the idea of rain harvesting. Although I have written about this before, I would like to bring this up again. Rain harvesting is an inexpensive way to capture the rain Lebanon bestows upon us, clean it, and put it to good use. For more on this (including a diagram as to how rain harvesting works) please follow this link: https://keeplebanongreen.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/lebanon-water-conservation/

Yes, it’s my own link 😀

Anyway, great initiative! Lebanon, our country deserves to be rehabilitated, and we deserve to live in a clean environment. We can do it, Lebanon!!!