In recent weeks, L'Orient-Le Jour pinpointed a series of scandals: a set of buildings of great architectural and heritage value are about to be destroyed in the traditional Monnot Street neighborhood; a seemingly new stone quarry is threatening the natural landscape in Akoura, knowing that a few months ago, we had published a whole feature about stone quarries, and we illustrated it with impressive pictures taken by a drone, thanks to Live Love Beirut, in addition to so many other articles and videos that caused controversy, and in some cases, resulted at least in suspending the projects in question.
Lately, some Lebanese politicians accused the media of promoting a pessimistic climate, ignoring their heavy responsibility in creating it, and forgetting that one of the first missions of the press is precisely to unveil dysfunctions, damages done to the heritage or the environment, and other swindles to which Lebanon is unfortunately subject all too often.
That being said, the media have also another mission in these particularly anxiety-prone times: to bring to light those men and women who are far from being depressed, refuse to bow down, and face huge challenges with as much determination and creativity as they can. Out of its belief that it is crucial to highlight these actors of change, and show that giving up would be at best irresponsible, and at worst criminal, L'Orient-Le Jour has become a partner of Impact Journalism Day, ever since it was launched, six years ago.
Pioneered by Sparknews, a social enterprise promoting solution journalism, the Impact Journalism Day is an adventure that has mobilized dozens of media outlets across the globe, including L'Orient-Le Jour. The goal is to tell stories of innovators, entrepreneurs and ordinary people, who have managed to find a solution to a social, environmental or any other kind of problem. But beyond that, and more importantly, Impact Journalism Day is about inspiring others, because if these solutions are a local success, they can often be replicated, reproduced or adapted elsewhere.
If you are already fed up of complaints and protests, and if the will to act is motivating you, dive into this special edition. In case you live in Beirut, you can discover the Live Love Recycle application, which will finally allow you to easily recycle your waste, while contributing to social work; and if you are shocked by the incessant trips of tankers that fill your tanks with water, in a country that does not know how to manage its water resources, you can ask yourself about how much water you use, every day, and every week, just by flushing the toilet, and know that every time you flush, between 6 and 15 liters of water go into the sewers. Is the result of this calculation making you dizzy? Discover a solution to this big mess, provided by a Brazilian company named Piipee. Also, get inspired by the wonderful story of José Alberto Gutierrez, the lord of the books from Bogota.
These stories, and so many others, are now featured in our new supplement entitled "These initiatives that change the world". Read them, share them, and, eventually take action! Why not?!
In recent weeks, L'Orient-Le Jour pinpointed a series of scandals: a set of buildings of great architectural and heritage value are about to be destroyed in the traditional Monnot Street...