Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is a social movement and analytical framework to address the unfair exposure of marginalized communities to the harms associated with resource extraction, hazardous waste, and other land uses. But how does Environmental and Climate (In)Justice manifest itself in the region? And how are the dominant economic and development models in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq affecting future generations? Pushing for sustainable development and a just transition is thus a question of justice: between current and future generations, between those who benefit and those who are affected by these practices, and between those who have the means to isolate themselves from their negative repercussions, and those who have to endure the most of it. The Environmental Justice Program tries to put 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.

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Almost There Film Festival - 2023


August 18th - September 2nd 2023

Imagine basil plants protecting tomatoes by repelling insects from it, and tomatoes returning the favor by having deep roots that preserve water, which then keeps the basil plants hydrated. This is one of the many cycles of nature that makes it all interconnected in an infinite chain of life. This might be the easiest way to explain how nature has always organized itself, taking advantage of the diversity of its species to ensure its survival.

For the 7th consecutive year, our film festival is built around Human Rights and Migration. This year’s festival is entitled, “Our Rooted Rights”, and focuses on environmental justice. 

Latest Publications
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Agroecology in Lebanon

Did you know that small-scale peasant farmers produce 70% of the world's food? Our Partner JIBAL.org and their researchers have been engaging in important conversations around the debate about who really feeds the world at the national and international levels. Check out their latest publication on “Agroecology in Lebanon” to find out more about how agroecology- an alternative food system vision– is being used in Lebanon as a tool to build a more equitable food system.
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Research Paper
This research paper employs a systems analysis to explore how solid waste mismanagement has been an intentional political decision-making process tailored to nurture and protect dysfunctionality through elite capture and clientelism. The hypothesis will be presented using a Causal Loop Diagram (CLD) which will then be analyzed and validated via case studies involving the municipalities of Beit Mery, Dhour Choueir, and Brih. This paper published with the cooperation of Arab Reform Initiative A paper by Cynthia Kreidy, Policy Analyst, Millennium Institute  
Recent Articles

Hbs’ 9th MENA Regional Summer School 2023 - Jordan

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“Waste Less, Manage Better”: Hbs’ 8th Summer School Tackles Solid Waste Management in the MENA Region

Nuclear Power Plant Exhausts

Refuting the case for nuclear in the Middle East

hbs concludes the 7th Regional Summer School on Civic Engagement in Urban Sustainable Development

Regional Summer School - Our Cities Our Future: Civic Engagement in Sustainable Urban Development

Inside COP 24 in Katowice

Great expectations, low execution: The Katowice climate change conference COP 24

City Debates

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 - Heinrich Böll Foundation Beirut - Middle East

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Professor Ralf Pasel on Housing Projects for Refugees in Germany - Heinrich Böll Foundation Beirut - Middle East

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Dossier: United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP24) Katowice, Poland – 2 to 14 December 2018

Dossier: Marrakech UNFCCC COP 22 – 7 to 18 November 2016

Dossier: Paris Climate Change Conference - 30 Nov-11 Dec 2015