Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. I want to show you a picture of Nahr Beirut. Go ahead, take a look.

The waterway of Nahr Beirut turned red after a sewage pipe expelled an unidentifiable stream of effluvium into it, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

Notice anything? It’s red. A sewage pipe burst into it and flooded it with chemicals. And guess what? It’s industrial dye from a leather factory. Meaning that industrial-level pollutants are going into our water, our soil, and will be rushing into our sea. We’ll be ingesting everything in this blood-red water soon enough.

My fellow Lebanese, does this sound familiar? It should. We have no proper sewage treatment facilities, so we flood our rivers with our sewage. I sincerely doubt that I’m talking to an uninformed audience. We’ve been doing this for years…it’s just not red, so we don’t have to pay attention to it. We’ve also be rock quarrying illegally all over the country for years, building illegally all over, polluting the sea and our land for years…Lebanon is in dire need of environmental help. We need to act. I’ve been posting different ways as to how, but I honestly think this picture shows it best. This pollution is going to give us diseases that we won’t be able to fight. It’s going to make our vegetables and fruits unfit for consumption. It’s going to sicken us until we die. Already, the rate of cancer in our country increases 5% annually.

What does the color red make you think of now?

Lebanon, enough of shrugging our shoulders saying “this is Lebanon”, blaming everyone but ourselves, twiddling our thumbs, and allowing the situation to deteriorate further. That’s something we’ve done for years and it’s gotten us nowhere. It’s time for us to act!!!!