Trash pollutes Lebanon's Mediterranean coastline In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 photo, a TV screen floats next to rocky coastal area in the Mediterranean Sea on the Beirut coastline, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Trash pollutes Lebanon's Mediterranean coastline
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Plastic bottles, soft drink cans and blue garbage bags. An old television, discarded vegetables and coffee cups. These are some of the random things that can be seen floating in the sea along Lebanon's coastline.

The country's Mediterranean coastline has become a source of shame. For many Lebanese, that is due to the swirling trash that pollutes its shores. The coastline was once a source of pride.

Fisherman Ahmad Obeitri has been a fixture at Lebanon's corniche for the past 30 years. It is popular seaside promenade in central Beirut. He says the trash is killing off what's left of marine life.

"These days if a fish comes our way it will only find nylon bags, garbage and sewage to feed on." he said. He laments the people who eat and drink as they walk on the corniche and then toss their cans, tins and other containers in the sea.

"You can open a cafe under water and invite your friends," he added sarcastically.

Littering is not Lebanon's only problem. The country has a long-running solid waste management problem that caused summer riots in 2015 as trash piled in the streets. The government solved the problem. They simply shifted the trash to landfills and coastal dumps that often run into the Mediterranean.

Environmentalists say thousands of tons of trash and untreated waste is getting dumped directly into the sea.

Abdullah Absi, a 56-year-old civil engineer, said as a swimmer, the open sewage running into the sea was his biggest problem.

A group of 50 swimmers, including Absi, recently organized a 4.6-kilometer (2.9-mile) swim to highlight the problem. They also promoted the idea that the sea is for all.

"We see the violations are increasing and there is no deterrent," he said.

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How else do you think Abdullah Absi and his group of swimmers can raise awareness of the pollution problem?
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COMMENTS (4)
  • ygadh-wim4
    12/13/2018 - 11:45 a.m.

    I think the Abullah Absi and his group of swimmers can raise an awareness to the people by sending them posts and advertising them at the news channels about the water pollution saying: people are throwing trash in the oceans and seas, if we do this the marine habitat is going to loose their life/is going to be extinct from the EARTH. we should save the marine habitat.

  • jbroo-wim5
    12/13/2018 - 12:48 p.m.

    I think that Abdullah Absi and his group of swimmers can raise awareness of the pollution problem by warning the people on T.V., alerts on every phone, and Adbullah Absi and his group should maybe talk to the president and to warn him about it. If they do this maybe we the people can help this pollution problem. We can start recycling more and a lot of other things too. We need to do this because we don't want habitats being distorted or extincted.

  • MattM-dec
    1/15/2019 - 09:30 a.m.

    I believe that it was a very dumb idea to open the sewage system into the ocean. They should have known from the very start that it would have polluted the sea.

  • IzzyS-dec
    1/23/2019 - 09:25 a.m.

    I think this is bad because we are not the only living thing on this earth and we can not throw are trash anywhere that we want. The reason why we can not do this is because this is killing the fish and offer animals in the ocean.

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