Lebanon’s environment is devastated, and it is in the grip of the mafia of politicians and businessmen. During the most important environmental event which took place in Glasgow, Najib Mikati talked about Lebanon’s problems except for a huge disaster that the country suffers from.
Last week, the Prime Minister went to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, which tackles climate change and its repercussions on the globe.
Mikati touched upon the problems that Lebanon suffers from, that are certainly serious, but the country is afflicted with a calamity whose danger and repercussions are no less than the political problems.
We would like to ask the Prime Minister of Lebanon if he has told the heads of states and governments, experts and associations about Lebanon’s environment? Did you tell them how corruption messed with the environment of the country of cedars?
Did you tell them what the Ministry of Energy and Water did in the green valleys? How empty dams have disfigured it? Did you tell them about Litani, the largest river in Lebanon which turned into a corruption drain? Have you disclosed that Lebanon’s sea has turned into a landfill after it was a source of wealth for contractors and politicians who covered and protected them? Did you describe to them the Lebanese mountains that were crushed by quarries and investors colluding with politicians, whose eyes are empty and their pockets stuffed with illegal money?
Did you tell them about the pine and oak forests deserted by greed, and corruption?
No, you did not tell them, Mr. Prime Minister. You also turn a blind eye to the destruction of the environment in Lebanon, which is the largest source of illicit enrichment in the country.