You see this photo? Look at it. The photo is real. It was taken by my friend¬†Jamal¬†on her home’s window ledge in Beirut. If the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” could ever be used properly, it would be now. This is a bird’s nest, guys. I’ve pondered what to say about this for hundreds of hours, and frankly, I am still at a loss of words. But you HAVE to know about this.

Our environment has degraded so much, the birds are turning towards industrial trash to build their own nests. This picture of this bird’s nest should be used as the emblem for our environmental catastrophic crisis. A nest is where a mother bird helps her embryos develop. Birds use twigs, leaves, grass, pine needles to make a cozy first home for her babies… but this mother couldn’t find any… So she gathered scrapes of metal and plastic and rubbish to build her nest. Can you imagine? Birds can be identified based on the composition of their nest. If you see a nest, and if you’re an expert, you can tell what species of bird it belongs to. What species of bird does this belong to? Tayyar? Moustakbal? Amal? Hezbollah? The “independent Sunnis”?

Take this as your ultimate warning sign. Simply put: no ecosystem means NO ecosystem FAVORS, and that’s the end of public health, and ultimately, the end of your health and your children’s health. Shield yourselves from cancer, or we must demand that the Environment be independent from the goddamn political agenda. The ministry of Environment should be run full time by an independent expert, directly accountable to the people, and not to some goddamn political party who can’t tell the difference between ozone and boyzone. I have lobbied for this for months, but we need to be forceful, we NEED to be forceful. If we circulated a petition, would you sign?

Paula Yacoubian, this is for you. Strike a home run please.

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