Solarpunk Presents

Podcasts about creating the future we'd like to live in

2.3: Beirut: Finding Your Future in a Nearly Failed State, With JD Harlock

The situation in Lebanon today is bleak. Carved out of the remains of the Ottoman Empire and subjected to years of colonialism-lite administration by France, its economy and infrastructure have been devastated by a long civil war, overlapping occupations by Syria and Israel, and corruption on a massive scale. Since 2019, Lebanon has been in the midst of a severe financial crisis, with widespread unemployment and hyperinflation. Now 80% of the population is poor and Lebanon is on the brink of becoming a failed state.

And yet, JD Harlock, Poetry Editor at Solarpunk Magazine, who lives in Beirut, believes in solarpunk. Join us for this episode to find out how that can be and what day to day life is like in Beirut right now.

Listen here:

The unedited transcript of this episode is publicly available at our Patreon.

You can find JD on Twitter and Instagram at @JD_Harlock.

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