Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. If you have been following the news and digital media lately, then you are aware of the online #notamartyr campaign. Originally, the #notamartyr campaign started off as one where some Lebanese citizens objected to describing the civilian victims of our political assassinations as martyrs. The reason for this is because martyrs are aware of a political cause that they intend to die for, but this description does not apply to those who were killed. Those who were killed were innocent bystanders who had no intention of dying for any cause, and should be described as such.

This movement developed into an act of media online protest. Lines such as “I want to raise my kids in Lebanon” #notamartyr started to appear. While there are a number of other images, here are some of the most popular ones.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-25623299

My fellow Lebanese, I agree. We are not martyrs. The overwhelming feeling of helplessness that dominates our socio-political realm is hard to dispel. However, we should not simply shrug our shoulders and feel doomed to victimization or martyrdom.

In the environmental context, we are neither martyrs or innocent victims. We interact with our environment every day, and participate in either its deterioration or its improvement. Indeed, our environment is one of the few facets of our lives where we have some personal agency and can make a difference. If only because it will give us some version of control over our lives, let’s try being environmentally-friendly and improving our country. Let’s not throw our trash out of car windows, conserve water, grow plants on our balconies, and use energy wisely.  These are simple things at the individual level that we can do that will make a difference. We want to live a country that is healthy and sustainable. #notamartyr

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