Change we believe in

A must watch video to understand the work of Arc en ciel, the non profit organization striving to create a better future for Lebanon through their mobility program, hazardous waste program, health program and many other innovative services helping the most vulnerable citizens. “With a focus on influencing public policy that protects persons in difficulty, arcenciel …

Beyrouth à deux-roues

Beyrouth à deux-roues
The Chain Effect est un collectif qui vise à promouvoir le vélo comme moyen de transport efficace, plus écologique, sain et plus économique. A leur initiative des graffitis ont été réalisés un peu partout en ville, on peut lire sur les murs :
“Brûlez des calories et non du carburant” ou bien “Si vous aviez fait du vélo, vous seriez déjà chez vous maintenant”.
A travers le street-art, des fresques peintes par des écoliers, et des ateliers pour sensibiliser le grand public à l’usage du vélo, The Chain Effect compte bien changer les mentalités. Chapeau! Et à vos vélos!
Plus d’info sur leur page Facebook

Mashrou’Leila sing for the environment

مشروع ليلى Mashrou’ Leila onboard the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior to help raise awareness about the massive potential for solar energy in the Arab region, in the run up to #COP22 climate conference which takes place in Marrakech in early November. Thumbs up for this great initiative by one of Lebanon’s most talented bands. Check out …

Recycling in Lebanon

Watch this great insightful documentary on recycling in Lebanon. Produced by Leela, Love in Action, guided by Ziad Abi Chaker and directed by Nassif El Rayess, it presents innovative and practical solutions for dealing with waste. This in-depth look at what is at stake provides us with very compelling reasons to make an effort and …

Free fashion school

It’s the story of Sara Hermez who opened a free school in fashion design, Creative Space Beirut that provides education to talented design students who lack the resources to study. These students come from all over the country including refugee camps. The Parsons School of Design graduate, with the help of her former professor Caroline Simonelli, wanted to put her creativity …

Turn waste into resource

At Beirut’s Bright Side we are concerned with the environment and strive to promote eco friendly and green initiatives. In the past year, we have shared the stories of wonderful people working hard towards building a safer, cleaner and healthier country, for generations to come. We recently came across an interesting Interview (by Middle East Eye) with Ziad Abi Chaker, CEO of Cedar …

Un été libanais

Warm weather triggers souvenirs of the sweet anticipation, when school ends, of the long glorious vacation that lays ahead. For our french speaking followers, there is a beautiful text by Medea Azouri in L’Orient Le Jour about the vivid memories and delicate taste of summer in Lebanon. Family gatherings in our grand father’s village, the smell of jasmin, …

In harmony with nature

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Photo by NewsroomNomad

Here is a great inspirational story of a couple living with the land, from organic farming to ancestral construction techniques.

Raed Chami is a farmer with a permaculture project who's struggle to sell his crops went viral a few months ago (read here). His partner Joanna Parker is an architect specialised in eco-friendly building. In what she calls her earth-plastering laboratory, she experiments with natural building technics.

The author of the story embarked on a memorable journey and shares with us her unique experience of living in harmony with nature and learning about green earth plastering using clay, earth, sand and straw.

Their struggle is ongoing like many local farmers, especially those who refuse the appeal of industrial agriculture that comes in the form of greater profit. They live humbly and they work hard to sustain their lifestyle. Their choices are not without overwhelming benefits. They are rich in their proximity to nature, and prosperous in the simplicity of their existence. And they are made humble before the awe that is the natural world.

Read the full story here.

Read more about the couple on their blog.