Environmental Justice

En Finir avec la Pollution Plastique Mondiale

Les plastiques ont permis de développer notre économie parce qu’il s’agit d’un matériau polyvalent, durable et peu coûteux. On les utilise pour produire des emballages alimentaires, des sacs de course, des produits de consommation du quotidien : des jouets, des vêtements, des appareils électroniques, mais aussi des pièces automobiles, du matériel médical, et mille choses encore. Les plastiques sont devenus un matériau essentiel à toutes les économies.

WHAT WE DO

The Middle East is characterized by high income economies relying on energy exports, and middle to low income economies with limited resources for export. Both developmental models tend to neglect sustainability - but pollution, climate change and loss of natural resources already are rampant and will effect future generations even more drastically. Pushing for sustainable development is also a question of justice: between current and future generations, but also between those who have the means to isolate themselves from the negative repercussions of unsustainable practices, and those who have to bear the brunt of it. The program Environmental Justice puts special emphasis on the issues of climate change and renewable energies, on the access to public resources, and the right to sustainable agriculture and a just international trade regime.

THE GREAT TRANSITION - ALTERNATIVE PATHS FOR A BETTER AND CLIMATE JUST FUTURE

The final episode of the Heinrich Boell Foundation's Podcast Series „Tipping Point“ on Climate Justice in the Anthropocene is now online: The great transition - Alternative paths for a better and climate just future

City Debates 2018

City Debates is a yearly conference organized by the Masters in Urban Planning & Policy and Masters in Urban Design Programs at the American University of Beirut. This year, Professor Ralf Pasel joined AUB's City Debates 2018 in Beirut and summarized his presentation in the following 2 podcasts:

PROFESSOR RALF PASEL ON SITUATIONAL URBANISM

PROFESSOR RALF PASEL ON HOUSING PROJECTS FOR REFUGEES IN GERMANY

For more on "Water Not For Sale" campain:

Read the article "When dams meet privatization: Lebanon under water transactions" by Roland Riachi published in alakhbar english on May 13th, 2014

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Publications

A kitten playing in a pile of garbage in Beirut

Lebanon: the state of waste

Paper

Lebanese residents are no longer able to ignore the waste around them. Sociologist John Scanlan has observed that below the ordered and familiar topography of the city exists a “shadow counterpart” which we rarely think about. This unwelcome shadow “resists our attempts to disconnect from it.” The garbage crisis of 2015 exposed this jarring disconnect between the two topographies and along with it, the failure of politicians to provide basic utilities including waste collection and treatment.

Radical Realism for Climate Justice

This publication is a civil society response to the challenge of limiting global warming to 1.5°C while also paving the way for climate justice. It brings together the knowledge and experience of a range of international groups, networks and organisations the Heinrich Böll Foundation has worked with over the past years.

On the decentralisation of Solid Waste Management in Lebanon: a viable solution to the “waste crisis”?

Since the Lebanese "waste crisis" broke out in 2015, NGOs, private enterprises and citizens have worked in order to fill the vacuum in the provision of Solid Waste Management-related services. The intervention of the aforementioned actors often times working independently from the central government has brought about a more decentralised Solid Waste Management system. The benefits, the difficulties and the position of such a system vis à vis the Lebanese state are explored in this paper through the testimonies of individuals currently operating in the Solid Waste Management sector.

You reap what they sow: Understanding the issues linked to the agricultural sector in Lebanon

After examinig the current state of agriculture in Lebanon, this article will investigate the implications of the Lebanese food production system and will try to identify the reasons underlying this situation. Finally, the article will shed light on the emergence of a form of ‘alternative agriculture’ and will try to understand whether or not it can be a sustainable solution to assure food security in the country in the face of rapidly advancing climate change.

Perspectives #13 - 'What's stirring? The region's politics dished out'

Countless combinations of tastes and textures shape the rich culinary landscape of the region. Bridging cultural differences and political rifts, food is a common thread for many in the Arabic speaking world. It is an essential part of a nation’s identity and sophisticated recipes are almost an issue of national pride: although most mouth-watering dishes are often the result of a long history of international migration of ingredients.