Brazilians do environmental work in Lebanon

01 de dezembro de 2017

São Paulo – Brazilian women who live in Beirut, Lebanon have formed a group to spread environmental awareness. The goal of Ecogrupo Brasil Líbano (the Brazil-Lebanon Ecogroup) is to help improve environmental conditions in the country by reaching out to as many people as possible to educate them on how to lead a sustainable life.

The group was created by Rose Maasri and 30 other women during a garbage collection crisis in the country. “Speaking with a few Brazilian women who are in Grupo Amizade Brasil (Brazil Friendship Group), which is fairly active here in Lebanon, we found out that many of us share the same concern, so we decided to do something about it and we created the group,” Maasri said.

Ecogrupo is making PowerPoint presentations for free distribution, and the group intends to get the material into schools. “We believe in education as an instrument of change. That is why we wish to have discussions in schools.” “Kids must learn about sustainable living. That’s the only way to make sure they’ll live in an ecologically balanced planet,” she said.

The group is also telling the community, neighbors and condominium managers about waste separation. “Since this type of waste management is not available everywhere in Lebanon yet, we supplied lists of existing management and recycling centers in the country,” Ecogrupo Brasil Líbano is planning to work with schools and women’s associations in Beirut and several other cities across Lebanon.

In their first public event, at the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center on November 28, they handed out flyers and showed videos about the environment, in addition to featuring eco-friendly handicraft by artisans Katia Awar, Paula Moura and Rose Sabra, who reuse disposable materials like plastic and glass. During the event, Ecogrupo got an invitation to give a lecture at a school.

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*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum