Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. Our Minister of Culture, Gaby Layyoun, ordered Tawk’s wedding plans to stop on August 16th. By this, I mean that he faxed the order over to them, informing them that the ruination of our beloved Becharre forest (for nuptials or anything else) is illegal, and said that it should stop. Layyoun apparently also ordered the Internal Security Forces to stop all work there. It is unclear as to whether or not this has been implemented. Yet, I think we should acknowledge this as a victory.

When we were campaigning about this, we were worried that we could do nothing to influence our government (much less Gebran Tawk) to make this stop. Yet we managed to! This is proof that we can be heard, and that we can make a difference.

I won’t claim that all things are as straightforward as preventing deforestation due to a wedding. Teaching a nation how to recycle, carpool, grow plants, and to be more environmentally friendly in general takes far more education, exposure, and time. It also takes the availability of resources. What I am trying to indicate is that this is evidence that environmental activism can work. Let’s take it further!

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