JCI and UNIC Beirut collaborate to clean Lebanon

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01 September 2019
JCI and UNIC Beirut collaborate to clean Lebanon
For the second year in a row, Junior Chamber International (JCI), in collaboration with the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut and under the auspices of the Lebanese Ministry of Environment, organized a clean-up campaign in 12 different locations in Lebanon on the occasion of World Cleanup Day.

Hundreds of volunteers in Lebanon showed up in multiple areas from the north to the south to clean Lebanon’s coast and mountains in various areas across the country.

Ghina Bou Chakra, World Cleanup Day Country Director, highlighted the importance of fighting trash blindness and installing sustainable practices into our daily lives. “It is time to take a look around us and take responsibility for what we see! Our environment affects our physical and mental health, so let’s protect and nurture it for ourselves and the generations to come,” Bou Chakra said.

UNIC Beirut Director, Margo Helou, for her part, commended the Centre’s ongoing collaboration with JCI and stressed the importance of preserving the environment and breathing clean air. Helou said that promoting wellbeing for all at all ages is important to building prosperous societies, since healthy people are the foundation for healthy economies. She saluted all volunteers who took part in this initiative to clean their communities saying that this is an example of how small actions can lead to a big impact.

Mira Yazbek who volunteered in Helalieh expressed her joy for participating in World Cleanup Day, saying: “I really liked how this project promoted teamwork in our village and brought the people together for a common cause.”

“The small details during the day made our efforts worthwhile, not to mention that youth in Helalieh started planning to do such cleanups more often,” she added.

JCI transported the bags of waste with trucks and delivered them to the nearest recycling partners according to each area.

Almost all local, regional and international media outlets covered the event and showed interest in this initiative