The Lebanese Coastline Needs a Cleanup, and Guess What? You Can Help!

Let’s Make The Lebanese Coastline Clean Again! What beautifies Lebanon is its magnificent sea and coastline. Unfortunately, nobody is taking care of the gems that Lebanon is privileged to have. The government does not mind giving permits to people to build private resorts. Thus, the maritime life is being destroyed and our right to have access to clean public beaches is being violated. Operation Big Blue Association (OBBA), a Lebanese environmental organization, is organizing a cleanup day on May 14

 

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to clean the Lebanese shores and the Mediterranean Sea. For 20 consecutive years, OBBA managed to organize this cleanup day by cooperating with the Lebanese Army, municipalities and several ministries. In fact, anyone can take part! All you have to do is to go to the nearest shore and call the organizers of the campaign to make arrangements. Those who have a scuba dive license and amateur divers can help cleaning the bottom of the sea. However, amateur divers have to use breathing tubes, not oxygen masks. Participants will be provided with gloves, trash bags, and first aid.

What is the story behind this campaign?

A diver named Hamed Idriss always felt annoyed when encountering dead sea turtles when diving. In order to protect the maritime environment, Idriss and 4 of his friends created The National Day to Clean up the Lebanese Coastline. So if you want to leave a positive impact on the environment, don’t hesitate to participate! Lebanon is counting on you to make a change!

 

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