Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. If you have been following the news, then you’ve seen the citizen protests regarding power-lines that are densely packed among residential buildings in the Metn and Kesrouan. Nor will these residents cease their protests; they plan to continue their protests in Aramoun, the North, and other areas as well. The residents of these neighborhoods have every right to be both afraid and angry. Let us examine why.

Power lines emit high levels of electromagnetic radiation (EMFs).  They interfere with cell functioning, break DNA strands, and erode the immune system. The initial symptoms of high exposure to power-lines are dizziness, fatigue, headaches, nausea and digestive disorders. However, chronic exposure to power-lines, such as that of the residents of these areas, yields far more serious health hazards, particularly among children, pregnant women, and the elderly.

These health conditions include childhood leukemia, other forms of cancer, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, miscarriages, radiation poisoning,  genetic mutations, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. The atrocious effects of power-lines do not stop here.  These cables can spark fires; they can even cause electric shock to persons or animals. They can also overload and destroy electrical equipment, such as our generators. In addition, because the radiation emitted from these cables mutates DNA, they also effect the quality of our vegetation and produce. Chronic exposure to radiation also create infertile soil, which is very difficult to reverse. However, the urgent needs of the citizens have gone unheeded.

Lebanon, these power-lines in the Metn and Kesrouan are very, very, dangerous. Take a look at them:


Note that these are strung between residential buildings. Fun.

My fellow Lebanese, these cables cause harm to all of us in terms of our health and environment. Fortunately, there is an easy, clean, and inexpensive way to literally wipe out these problems. Investing in renewable energy. Using solar power has no harmful health hazards, does not hurt the environment, is cheaper in the long run, and is a successful long-term investment. We have only to gain by investing in renewable energy. Lebanon, it is time for us to advocate for these power-lines to come down and to use cleaner and healthier sources of electricity. We can do it, Lebanon!!