The World Health Organisation recommends 12 square metres of green space per capita. Beirut has less than one, which prompted locals to spend Saturday in whatever little bit of green they can find (or create) in protest to the continued closure of their local park, Horsh Beirut. Closed over twenty years ago, they were promised after reforestation of this beautiful pine forest that it would re-open this year, but there are no signs of this.
The Beirut Green Project has been leading this effort by organising pop-up parks and also pop-up living-rooms which highlight the need for more public spaces in the Lebanese capital. Hopefully these spontaneous efforts at greening the city will prompt the council to give the people back their park and so enhance their health and longevity. It could, of course, also increase tourism!