According to the World Health Organization:
One of the main reasons we took part in the Egyptian revolution is because pollution in our city, Cairo, surpassed safety limits in air quality, affecting our health and stunting our growth as individuals and as a nation. With climate change projected to exacerbate air pollution issues, we have to take action.
My teammates and I are Egyptian engineers with a dream to improve Cairo’s air quality by addressing the city’s biggest sanitation issue: trash burning. If you breathe Cairo’s air for one day, it is as if you have smoked 20 cigarettes. Yes, our air quality is really bad.
Our lives are not our own, as we have thought. Each human being is connected to one another on various levels, from breathing the same air to fighting for the same cause. It is unfathomable how much effort, time, and energy are spent on wars and countries expanding their borders. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and each kindness, we give birth to our future.
“We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it,” said Governor Jay Inslee of Washington. There are seven million people dying annually because of air pollution, most of them are in developing countries. The uncontrollable pollution in Cairo comes from developed countries that have injected greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The controllable portion of Cairo’s pollution is caused by burning of trash in open spaces and the absence of recycling programs. Cairo’s sanitation is lacking. We’re going to change that.
Life is hard. No one has the choice in what the results of the future are going to be, but we still have the choice to keep the strongest weapon humanity ever had: hope. Life will go on, no matter what happens. We have a choice to live with hope or despair, and we choose hope. We dream to end this disaster and we choose to be a step in ending it. Whatever obstacles we meet, I believe we can achieve our dream in cleaning Cairo’s air.
Please view these short videos for a glimpse of what life is like in Cairo and the struggles we endure. All I wish is to find someone who understands our struggles and will not ignore us.
With your donations we will be able to get a plastic recycling machine to start a youth environmental movement in Cairo with sanitation and air quality as the main objectives. With donations from all over the world, we have reached 10 percent of our goal. Please consider donating to our campaign: