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The teenage activists bringing the climate crisis to Middle East

In a country where neighboring wars and local political problems affect daily life, these Lebanese activists are hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change.

“Climate change isn’t a big concern in the Middle East,” explains Joelle Zgheib, a 17-year-old student from Byblos, a city on the coast of Lebanon. “Instead, here we talk about cliches like war, religion and corruption.” 

“But we’re all nothing without the earth,” she continues, “and I want to save it.”

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