Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. I’m sure you’ve all noticed the severe drought that we’ve experienced this winter. Lebanon, normally a country that experiences regular rainfall, has experienced little to none this year. Indeed, we have not experienced a drought such as this one in 140 years. Last year, Beirut’s rainfall was an average 455 millimeters, and this year it is a mere 235 millimeters. Apparently there is a jet stream 11,000-12,000 meters above our little  country that is preventing cold storms from reaching us. 

Droughts are a natural occurrence, and we have had them before. We had droughts in the 1880s, in the early 1940s, in 1986, and in the mid-1990s. However, the amount of pollution and climate change that we are experiencing makes drought situations such as these difficult to fix. When we burn trash, tires, aerosols, and more, the rain-clouds shift, thereby reducing our ability to enjoy rain. At this point, our air is heavily polluted, and we do not dispose of our trash appropriately. While many do not think to associate burning trash with drought, there is a direct relationship between the two, and the result is obvious.

We need to improve our air quality, reduce emissions by way of production and excess car exhaust, and find better ways to improve our solid waste disposal. Otherwise, we will not recover from our critical situation.