We all saw that ominous black smoke rising from Beirut’s massive “trash mountain” which by now has become fossil fuels =P But, thankfully, someone did go and investigate when Lebanese TVs were busy reporting on the important stuff, as highlighted here by Habib Batah.
Greenpeace Lebanon however went down and did investigate, and it turns out the intent was indeed criminal and for petty gains. Hundreds, maybe thousands of old tires were burnt today, as they are every other year or so. Why? To collect the metal components used in tire-making. That metal meche woven into the rubber is what helps the tires when it comes to shape, durability and flexibility.
What strikes me though, is how brash and bold the people behind this fire are! Starting a nuclear-apocalypse-like-scene, which the whole city uploads via mobile to Facebook and Twitter, and yet, they’re probably gingerly hopping about the extinguished flames as you read this, gathering their precious metal components after quite an eye-soar, health-scare and of course damage to our already festering environment.
BUT, what’s important is that you don’t show your boxers in public, ok?! Cause that would seriously harm our society, and land you in jail for a month. Thank whichever god you worship for a glorious government like ours!
Check out Greenpeace Lebanon for more info and pics.