Save Dibbeen, But To Heck with the Rest of Jordan

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

With the news of the JD100 million tourism complex that is being developed in Dibbeen, it's become haute couture across the Jordanian blog-o-sphere to promote the salvation of the Dibbeen forest. I don't mind those voicing an opinion on saving a forested national treasure in Jordan (Lord knows there aren't many left), but I don't hear much of an outcry about keeping the rest of Jordan clean and green.

On the contrary, people are ever so willing to toss their trash out of their cars onto the streets. Empty lots are full of trash. The roads that lead down to southern Jordan are littered with refuse. The fact of the matter is that Jordan is a trashy mess.

I don't get it. Jordan needs a swift kick in its ecological butt.

Save Jordan


Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

Thanks dave, that's a wonderful post...
The fist counter argument people are going to tell you is .....
we're better than others around us!
People really need to pay attention to the whole ecological situation. The whole situation

2/20/2007 9:07 AM  
Blogger Tamara said...

Thank You Dave, very well said I wish people will stop this re-ation way of life and start positive action.

2/20/2007 9:24 AM  
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2/21/2007 3:17 AM  
Blogger manal yusuf said...

the title it self is outstanding, im a person who will join such protests especially when it comes to inviroment, pollution and ecology...but why is dibbeen so different our whole surrounding is poluted or messed up in a way or another...did anyone noticed when they are on the bridge leading to jordan uni street, how much the air is dark, and people must see at Markah how much the air there is so poluted, that is a seriouse problem we have so many seriouse problems here in jordan and dibbeen is the smallest, its not like if we are trying to save the amazon forest, nothing can be done about it as the king has steped in againts some protests

2/21/2007 12:00 PM  
Blogger manal yusuf said...

and can i use the save jordan thing u have on this post?

2/21/2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger Dave said...


Feel free to use it.

2/21/2007 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was one of those who joined in on "Save Dibbeen," but I'm also one of those who has talked to many people here about just not throwing their garbage in the streets (to start with). I don't know why people don't care, and why they don't make the effort. These same people would not tolerate a crumb on the floor or anything out of place in their house, so why do it outside? In my neighborhood in Sports City area, a group of Western Muslims sometimes tries to clean up the field where everyone gathers for soccer, tea, etc. and the looks they get are akin to "These people are crazy. Why are they trying to CLEAN up this little park of ours? We are happy to sit in garbage!" UGH. -- Umm Zaid

2/24/2007 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Nijma said...

Such a breathtakingly beautiful country and all those black plastic bags blowing everywhere.

I have had Jordanians actually take trash out of my hand and throw it on the ground because they knew I was American and would carry it around until I could find a trash can.

One guy took a soda can out of my hand and threw it out the car window saying he was creating jobs for people who pick up cans to recycle.

I think the solution might be the Earth Day celebrations we started having back in the 60's where as school children we all went together with trash bags to clean up a public area. Sometimes the young people have to shame the adults into not behaving like pigs... um, it's Jordan..dogs? Jordan does have an ecology day for school children.

2/26/2007 4:48 AM  
Anonymous new reader in U.S. said...

I've been told the same thing that nijma said... about taking a job away from someone if you DON'T litter. It totally irks me how they just litter and don't care. The village where I go to visit with my in-laws once a year is so filthy and disgusting and each year I go I end up picking up trash in front of the family's house and even in their OWN YARD! I learned how to say that in Arabic to the chidren--pick up the garbage.
By the way I just found this blog so I'm a new reader in the US who's been to Jordan many times since I met my husband. I couldn't resist putting in my 2 cents worth on the garbage issue. And I'll have to look at my map of Jordan to see about Dibbeen; I've never been there.

3/01/2007 11:38 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Nijma, those black trash bags—the ones floating around in the breeze—I call them "Jordanian tumbleweeds".

3/10/2007 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard the black plastic bags referred to as the Jordanian National Bird, and it couldn't be more hilarious or fitting as while looking at the sky I actually have wondered many times "Is it a bird? or just a plastic bag?"

3/11/2007 7:18 AM  
Blogger joladies said...

In Singapore there are laws in place to discourage littering. A carelessly thrown tissue could result in a S$1,000 (about JD 463)fine for first offenders, and up to S$2,000 fine and a stint of corrective work order cleaning a public place for repeat offenders. I think if we put huge fines on littering offenders it would stop pretty quickly! T

3/11/2007 8:37 PM  

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