Thursday, September 1, 2016

Are you up to the anti-garbage challenge?

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Many people on Facebook are changing their profile picture to black and white to “help the fight against cancer”. But I fail to understand how that actually works.

Is there some clever algorithm that gives money to cancer research when people change their FB profile picture to black and white? Or create some sort of financial fund to help cancer patients in need for treatment they can’t afford? Or perhaps help families deal with the loss of a loved one?

Not as far as I know.

Eventually, if people shared photos of cancer patient courageously fighting against the disease and told their story, maybe that would help in some way.

On the other hand, if a similar trend (called “challenge” for some obscure reason – what’s challenging about changing an FB profile pic?) would fill our Facebook timeline with photos of garbage piling up everywhere – even at hospital doorsteps! – then maybe the Lebanese would finally wake up and do something about this unacceptable and unbearable situation.

I compiled here some recent pictures of garbage you can pick and choose from. You can also take your own selfie in front of piles of trash by you home or your workplace – if you insist on appearing in the photo that is.

St Joseph Hospital in Dawra
- via YouStink -
Photos by Micha Tohme - Top photo by Adel Moubarak

So are you up to the “challenge” or are you totally oblivious of the health risks incurred by living surrounded by garbage? One these health risks being cancer – the very same one everybody is claiming to “help fight against”.

What do you say? Shall we help prevent the spread of cancer in Lebanon by raising our voice and say khalas! to the yearlong ongoing (and never-ending) garbage crisis, or shall we just sit there, waiting for it to kill us all, slowly, one by one?

It’s up to you.

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