Beirut, 5 August 2019 (UN Information Centre in Beirut) -- Under the auspices of Lebanese Ministries of Tourism and Environment, Believe in Lebanon NGO, in collaboration with the UN Information Centre in Beirut (UNIC Beirut), is organizing a sports and environmental awareness event entitled, “Walk for the Love of Lebanon and Nature” on Saturday 10 August starting 5PM at Ain Ksour, Aley.
The event entails a walk in three villages starting from Ain Ksour to Abey and ending in Kfarmatta, all in Aley district. It aims at raising awareness on the need to maintain good health by walking regularly, and on preserving the environment allowing people to breath clean air and enjoy nature.
The walk will also be an occasion to shed light on the importance of recycling waste in Lebanon by training people on how to sort their waste. Prior to the walk, members of Believe in Lebanon will provide all participants with non-organic waste, including plastic, paper and metal, and guide them throughout the walk on how to dump the waste in specific containers placed alongside the track in all three villages.
The walk will also witness the planting of trees in Ain Ksour, Abey and Kfarmatta in a show of support to the preservation of green spaces in Lebanon.
This event falls within the framework of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 on good health and well-being and 13 on climate action. The SDGs were endorsed by all 193 member states of the United Nations, including Lebanon in 2015. Countries pledged to achieve peace and prosperity for people and the planet by leaving no one behind by 2030. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve oceans and forests.
Some 200 participants, including representatives from the Ministry of Environment and UNIC Beirut, members of NGOs, community members, as well as youth and children will take part in the walk, which will culminate in a traditional village festival at St. George’s Church in Kfarmatta. The festival will feature short statements by the organizers and the ministry of environment and will include recreational activities, folkloric dances and food stands.
The UN Information Centre in Beirut kindly urges all media institutions to grant this event the coverage needed in view of the importance of sports for development and environmental awareness.