Trash Treasures

Well summer is here and we have been celebrating by spending time at the seaside!

This thursday we all went to the beach for a relaxing time hanging out in the sun and swimming in the sea. But this was no ordinary beach! This was a beach in beautiful Lebanon! And this was no ordinary sea either, it was a sea full of beautiful of treasures!

We clowns couldn’t believe our luck when we emerged from the water COVERED in wonderful treasures! Fishing nets, empty packets of crisps, water bottles, plastic bags, diapers and the list goes on. We were so pleased that we decided to go straight from the beach to the Ministry of Environment in Beirut to thank the ministers personally for everything they have done!

 

In reality we are of course appalled by this environmental tragedy that seems to have no end in sight. We were at the ministry of environment taking part in a sit in organised by a group entitled ‘صحة ولادنا خط أحمر‘ which was started by four women who are fed up with a government not taking the health of their children and people seriously. They organised the sit in, with an open invitation for anyone to attend, and spoke about the very serious health and environmental concerns related to the irresponsible disposal of garbage.

 

As clowns, we took part in this protest in our own way, sitting down completely covered in trash on our return from the beach. The highlight of the event was taking a picture with an official member of the ministry who was very happy to greet us and didn’t seem to be bothered by the fact we were covered in trash.

Trash Lebanese Politicians

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Here we are, two and half months post garbage crisis and nothing has changed. Except of course the piles of garbage that are at least 2m long now, the smell of sewage and garbage that is duplicating with every breeze and the new kinds of respiratory and skin diseases that are doing the tour of the country, visiting every house and every school. 
With my group Clown Me In, we decided to shift our clown attacks to a more specified ones about this garbage situation. We’ve joined the street movement and we posted some clown video actions on Facebook. 
We filmed them in half a day and edited them really quickly. They’re less than 1min long each and carry all the anger and absurdity of the situation – 
They are a clown reaction to an absurd situation!!!!!!
To our surprise the videos went viral and got more than 90K views. Probably because their timing and cause were both very relevant to Lebanon. 
I just uploaded them on You Tube so one can watch them in higher res than on FB
Lebanon as not seen on TV 
 كنوز لبنان – Treasures of Lebanon
بموت بلبنان – I’d die for Lebanon