Picture taken from L’Atelier du Miel
Sustainability means meeting the needs for this society without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. When we talk about sustainability we focus on more than one aspect, whereby natural, social, and economic resources are the three main pillars of a stable and sustained society. Why is the role of the government really important when it comes to sustainability? The answer is quite simple, it’s because they have the ability to promote a sustainable economic strategy that would provide safety, security, and education for everyone which focuses on having a healthy and clean environment. The development and promotion of a coherent sustainability policy that is shaped by sectors of environment, energy, economy and foreign affairs, will surely be a step in the right direction and ease the path towards a more sustainable country. One of the more pressing issues that arise in regards to Lebanon’s environmental crisis is the growing scarcity of our water supply due to increased dry summers, absence of proper storage capacity, and climate change. The main sources of pollution in Lebanon are organic and chemical waste from factories that are often located near coastal areas or rivers.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Beirut’s pollution has already exceeded environmental standards three times, so Lebanon’s Pollution index of 87.65% exceeds that of Nigeria, Egypt, and China. Lots of Lebanese activists have sounded alarms over this crisis but of course, the Lebanese government has yet to act upon it. The citizens in Lebanon had three different principles for sustainability, with the first being community access on engagement. This notion promotes public trust and increased citizen participation and leadership across all ages, in turn encouraging the community to collaborate with local government decisions. The second principal is sustaining a good quality of life and focusing on the value of the community. Finally, the third principal is environmental responsibility and energy efficiency, which is focused on sustaining and enhancing a healthy natural environment with improved energy efficiency. In conclusion, it is evident that the government plays a big role when it comes to sustainability because as soon as those in power decide to act upon the problem at hand, they will be laying down the blueprint for a greater future and a better life.