Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. I’m sure you’ve noticed that we have received very little rainfall this winter. While¬† droughts naturally occur from time to time, ours is exceptional. Here’s the interesting part–there is no discussion as to why it is occurring.

Deforestation is heavily related to drought. This may sound strange, but trees are largely responsible for water regulation. Plants and trees release water into the air, a process called evapotranspiration. Without plants and trees, there is little evapotranspiration–less water is being released into the air, which means less evaporated water is being turned into rain. Lebanon, once over 30% forest, is now below 13%. Our rainfall has changed accordingly.

My fellow Lebanese, our country is experiencing crisis at all levels. Politically, economically, socially, environmentally–you name it, we’ve got it. However, we cannot continue to develop haphazardly. We need to find a way, Lebanon.