Lebanon’s Green Party
Alluring CEO of Grey Advertising in the Middle East, Philippe Skaff was elected yesterday president of the Green Party in Lebanon. At a meeting held at the Monroe Hotel, Nada Zaarour, president of the Association for Forests, Development and Conservation (AFDC) was elected Green Party vice president, political analyst Osama Safa secretary general and Sawsan Abu Fakhredinne, director general of AFDC, was elected treasurer.
The party’s slogan “The earth knows no religion” is aimed to prevent Lebanon’s forests from disappearing, which are being depleted at an alarming rate. Skaff added that “5,000 years ago a squirrel could travel the whole country by merely hopping from tree to tree.”
“Out of 863 samples of our drinking water, 40 percent proved to be microbiologically polluted,” he said, adding that while there were “800 companies selling water in Lebanon, only 11 percent are approved by the Ministry of Health. The rest operate illegally.”
Fakhreddine likewise stressed the secular nature of the Green Party, saying that members in political parties “could not run” for public positions within the party.
“In the next few years, we need to focus on gaining more support,” she said.
Adding to that, Skaff said “I cannot pretend that Lebanese people will rally us because of our non-confessional status, but I know a lot of them have had enough with sectarianism.”
Skaff recalled that French philosopher Ernest Renan once described Beirut as ‘the Florence of the Orient.‘ But 10 years ago, he said, French magazine “Paris Match voted it the ugliest city on the Mediterranean.“
We are ‘the change’ we wish to see in the world, and this starts with me, and you. – M.K Ghandi
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Update: Joining the Green Party.
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