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As with any problem, a great counter measure against Climate Change is raising awareness. Many of us feel helpless, and idle living in a country whose leaders “have bigger problems to think of”‘*than the country’s eco-health. And that is why it is easier for our government to invest in fire fighting equipment, rather than invest in its prevention…

But I do not want to swerve from the subject here, though all is admittedly interlinked to the main topic. What I wanted to talk about was how can consumerism, and your personal buying behaviour affect climate change, and even corporate social responsibility? You as a single consumer, may today start a trend that will generate thousands of green practices in the future.

If that last phrase sounds surrealistic to you, keep reading!

The Laws of Supply & Demand

 In Economics 101 we all learned about how the curve shifts when the demand for certain products rises above the supply curve. With time the market responds to increase the supply of in-demand items, while items on the decline of their life cycle are soon ousted out of the supply chain. So when you as a single consumer decide to buy solely green or greener products, even if they are initially unavailable in the market place, inevitably, if you stick to that consumer behavior, those products will find you! So thinking and buying Green will elicit other service and product vendors to think on the same brain wave on a large scale save the world? Don’t laugh, as a final argument on that point read Lebanon Opportunities article on how Going Green is profitable for Businesses.

So knowing that, what can you do?

- Learn more about what are the greener alternatives to products. There are so many things you can do here: Use roller deodorants rather than these CFC packed spray cans. Buy a smaller car, you’ll save up on the gas and help the environment. Buy eco-friendly energy saving light bulbs. And consider going meatless once a week.

- Buy fruits and vegetables in season.

- Try to eliminate product with bigger carbon footprints. For example go for local & organic foods as opposed to imported goods at all times.  When standing in the supermarket we  often think of imported products as better alternatives to local imitations, but think about their carbon footprint! I love this project by James Reynolds, called Far Foods which aims at raising awareness of the Carbon Footprint of imported goods and all goods in your shopping basket for that matter. 

- If you can’t find greener products, always ask! Repetitive questions in the vendors’ mind equal business opportunities! Remember , demand generates supply and not the other way round.

- As first step, start buying less of those carbon points packed products!

… the list is endless

Have a Global Outlook on Your Lifestyle

As with products think about your day-to-day actions, and analyze them in terms of your carbon footprint:

- Do you really need to take that plastic bag for your two bars of chocolate that you are gonna eat now?

- If you are already using an eco-tote tell that cashier that pre-packing the items in plastic bags defeats the point! ( yes they truly do that! for them the eco-tote is another product and not an eco-tool)

- Try going to closer venues as opposed to those that need a longer commute

- Don’t jump into the car if your destination is 5 minutes away! Lebanese love luxury, but that is too much.

- If you see carbon negative behaviour expressed by others educate them.

- Don’t print, unless you need to & if you do make sure its economical.

campaign for reducing electricity consumption- Turn off the lights when you can do without them, or light a candle when you are in a romantic mood.

- Washing your dishes with cold water in the summer, and taking cool showers is refreshing and eco-friendly.

- Think of investing in alternative energy sources for your home.

- Recycle,  be it at home or at work…

- Something I am working very hard on is closing the water tap while brushing my teeth…

- Preach, bitch and moan to others regarding their non-ecofriendly behavior.

This list can go on and on forever… It’s amazing how much we can either do or don’t to pitch in. Remember being a good consumer, contrary to what corporate tycoons want us to believe, is about consuming less!

I honestly believe that if we teach by example and raise awareness around us, everyone around will have to give in as more and more people choose the green path, there will be pioneers even in our governments…

So why don’t we do something about it while we still can?

The Age of Stupid will be screened in Lebanon at Empire Sofil on the 25th & 26th of October.


Read also other Blog Action Day Posts by fellow Lebanese Bloggers:

* Liberal quote from someone in the Ministry of Environment that was voiced out to me by a journalist who was asking him how the government is encouraging corporate green practices.

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Glad to discover such a thing exists.

Training for chefs in Lebanon

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For IT people out there in need of furthering their careers.

Cisa & Cism courses

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LGU Octoberfest

Brilliant idea on LGU’s part, enhancing its German identity with the most renowned German festival! But should German education be associated with booze?


Tell me about it if you do go!

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I was really extatic to find out about this training course at CCIAB because my family’s accountant nerd has been looking for this type of training for a long time. This course contains the most important thing each and every accountant in Lebanon needs to know, and yet it elusively slips through the Universities’ Curriculum being prototyped from some foreign state, an on hand course of Lebanese Taxation.

You can find all program details here: CCIAB Lebanese TAX Law Training Program 2009

Tell all you accountant friends about it & don’t let them miss the chance.

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The Chamber of Commerce of Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIA)* is once again holding its Business Administration Training Programs in collaboration with CCI Versailles. Participants can choose amongst four programs Business Administration, Marketing Management, Financial Management or Human Resources Management. And the final diploma  will be certified by both CCIA Beirut & CCI Versailles, which will make you a holder of an international diploma.

It was very hard to find someone who has actually taken this program before. I have actually found one Lebanese expat who attended another  CCIA business related training program (Documentary Credit) and he was very satisfied with its practical applications**.

So, Having no further testimonies I phoned CCIA up to check for details.  I really wanted to know if it is worth the money ( as I was considering taking their marketing course – been doing so since last year).  And this is what I’ve found out:

- The classes will be in English and the professors are Lebanese ( PhD holders from prestigious establishments worldwide)

- The course is built on practical training (case studies) primarily, with some book cramming involved

- Examination is administered at the end of the four month training  period and those who passed examination will receive their certification ( certified by both CCIA Beirut & CCI Versailles) ***

- Course consists of a  96-hour program starting on October     5, 2009 and delivered twice a week from 6 pm to 9 pm.

- Courses will take place in CCIAB, Sanayeh (next to Sanayeh Garden)

- The fee is 680 USD per program + VAT ( one can not forget VAT could they?)

- Each class contains a maximum of 12 students (me thinks it is a very good deal)

Registration before October 1, 2009 (Places are limited)

For Further Information/Registration, please call 01-744167


As for me, I found an old email about a program CCIA did this summer in collaboration with the American Marketing Association ( AMA), and I think I am going to wait for a second run of that show. Marketing professional wise this one is more rated, and I would like to believe that they will have something to say about New Media Marketing by that time as well. But those looking for additional backing to their existing certifications in Business Administration, Finance & HR will undoubtedly benefit both technically and CV Karma wise by taking these courses.

Good Luck in your career path wherever it may take you!




* Who unfortunately don’t have ANY relevant info on their training courses on the website.

** Twitter world, and Lebanese tweeps are amazingly responsive. Thanx guys!

*** If you do not pass the exam, you can not retake it untill next year, and then you will have to attend the program all over ( Just so you know).


Update 16-9-9

Also found out about their Business English courses .

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This certification / internship program is a great way to get FREE and yet invaluable education. If you are eligible and have a little time, I encourage you not to hesitate and apply.

 Milan Chamber of Commerce encourages Young Lebanese entrepreneurs to participate to the 4th edition of the Euro-Mediterranean School-EMS 2009 that shall be run from October 2009 to February 2010.

The EMS 2009, is an initiative which aims at offering young entrepreneurs from the Euromed countries an opportunity to follow a distance learning program in the field of business management and entrepreneurship.

EMS 2009 aims to offer young managers from the countries bordering on the Mediterranean Sea an opportunity to obtain the entrepreneurial and managerial skills necessary to start and/or develop a business capable of operating in multiple markets within the Mediterranean Basin.

The EMS 2009 is free for all participants and divided into two phases:

Phase A: it consists in an on-line course entitled” business Strategy, International Growth and the business plan” which is compatible with everyone’s work responsibilities.

Phase B: the top 20 students shall be invited to spend 4 weeks in Milan, Italy to continue their coursed and have an internship.


The course will be taught in English

 Deadline for Application submission is September 15th 2009


 For more info check out: 

EMS Internship Explanatory note

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