Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. If you’ve been following the news, then I’m sure you’re aware of a development project that is bound to have disastrous consequences for our environment. Roughly 1 million square meters of Tripoli’s coastline is to be drained and then filled with soil in order to build a marina. On an environmental level, this means that Tripoli’s coastline will be destroyed. The habitat of the local fish and marine life will be disrupted, and their numbers decreased if not depleted.  Land reclamation and construction also leads to increased pollution of our sea water, which due to the natural processes of evaporation, also leads to decreased air quality. We will be inhaling all of the sand, concrete, tar, and smog that this project has to offer. Long-term exposure to these elements leads to an increase in the risk of cancer. Our national rate of cancer increases at a rate of 5% annually…and this is just one reason as to why.

Nor is the project that is planned for Tripoli the only one of it’s kind. There is a similar project meant to happen in Dbayyeh  called “Waterfront City.” In September 2011, another land reclamation plan was set up for Saida. Is anyone noticing a trend here? Or the harm that it will do?

My fellow Lebanese, it is up to us to put a stop this. We need to restore our environment for the sake of our health and our country. These projects will just make it worse. We can do it, Lebanon!