Friday, July 21, 2006

Keep Libya Beautiful


  1. Someone should make some signs, written upon them "al-nathafa min al-iman" (tidyness comes from faith, a quote from the gloriuos Quran) and then put these signs at every spot where garbage shines abundant.

    I once saw some people digging a big hole at night at the beach of Gharabolli and burying tons of trash bags, covering the entire site with new sand. I don´t know, however, if this was supposed to be a solution or something worse?

  2. No, the singer is none other but Mr. Cheb Khaled. And he is from Wahrane, Algeria.

  3. Great work Khadija, Its about time that we raise awareness on environmental issues in Libya. One of the leading organizations in Libya that had been working for many decades on this is, the Libyan boy scouts, they have cleaning campaigns and awareness seminars and they encourage its members to compete for better environmental projects each year. Yes lets keep Libya beautiful

  4. I'm not sure who made this video - I found it surfing the net. Anyone know who made it?

  5. When I was in Libya back in 1995, I saw the beauty and the trash! My sister said it has gotten better since I was there!!!!!!!!

    Does Libya have any "legal" dump sites, or recycling? That would be a very good business for someone to start (I think??) Here in FL, if you throw out a cigarette butt, you can even get a ticket and a fine up to $125.00.

    Another good insight Teri.

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  7. The sign idea seems like a great one. People just don't seem to think about their actions, hence all of the war and destruction in the world.

    The boy scouts are mentioned here; are there girl scouts in Libya too? I was happily a girl scout for twelve years during school and really enjoyed the experience. We did a lot of community service and camped a lot in the woods.

    Very nice blog!! (Sorry, I was the one who just deleted that comment, due to lots of crazy spelling errors! The same thing is here, plus this disclaimer...)

  8. I had to email this to myself so that I can put it on my space as well... Thank You!

    Have a nice day

  9. Hello,

    Thank you for hosting our video on your blog.

    We are a fledgling group of web-based Libyans trying to make a small change in attitudes towards our country’s environment. Our initial strategy is to create some materials that could be shared on Libyan message boards, passed on via email and through sites such as YouTube. We are considering a web site but that would definitely be part of our next development phase.

    If you would like a .wmv file of our video to distribute by email to your contacts, please let us know.

    All the best,
    Keep Libya Beautiful

    P.S. Regarding the music: Yes, we selected music by Cheb Khaled (from Oran in Algeria). This was not because of his citizenship but due to the lyrics of appealing to his country's people.

  10. I think the video is a good idea... what about seeing if you can get it put on Libyan TV? Signs and billboards? Announcements on the popular radio station Libya FM? A campaign in the schools.... the list could go on and on.


  11. In my opinion, it is more important to revise the notion of citizenship in Libya so as to include a sense of co-ownership. Until that happens, Libya will remain an overgrown ghetto. And whether in Tripoli, Miami (which is in Florida, BTW) or wherever, a ghetto is a ghetto is a ghetto. I repeat what I said before: the state of public un/cleanliness is a direct reflection of the public sense of ownership. When people/animals are "caged" helplessly, they use dirt as a form of silent protest. In my opinion, it is naive to think that fines and publicity can undo a generation of wide-scale disenfranchisement. Raising public awareness works fine when you actually have a public that is not disabled. Otherwise, it is like showing starved people the proper ways to serve caviar.


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