Pollution Crisis in Iran

Yesterday was the Earth day, and some Iranians tried to pay attention to the environmental disaster in Iran. Iran is currently burdened with numerous environmental concerns including air pollution, water and soil contamination, the destruction, over-exploitation of natural resources, etc. Except for the water shortage, these problems have been to some degree avoidable and could essentially be blamed on weak governmental organization, industrial mismanagement, systematical destruction, etc. Industrial and urban wastewater runoff has contaminated rivers and coastal waters and threatened drinking water supplies. Wetlands and bodies of fresh water increasingly are being destroyed, and oil and chemical spills have harmed aquatic life in the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. The World Bank estimates losses inflicted on Irans economy as a result of deaths (ten thousands per year) caused by air pollution at $1 billion. In fact, diseases resulting from air pollution are killing ten thousands Iranians and are inflicting losses estimated at $1 billion per year. A report by the UN Environment Program ranked Iran at 117th place among 133 countries in terms of environmental indexes. In the recent days, the state TV has showed some programs about the pollution crisis in Gilan, the northern province, that Iranians call it “Shomal”, i.e. the north . Gilan’s forests have been turned to the garbage dumps, and it’s really horrible. Environmental activists say that the whole garbage of Gilan are buried in Saravan Forest and other Gilan’s forests, and their toxic wastewaters leak into the rivers and Anzali Lagoon. For more than 10 years, each day 500 tons garbage have been buried in Saravan Forest. And now it’s full of garbage and the real disaster is visible.

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Now many of creatures of Anzali Lagoon and Gilan’s rivers have been extinct. In fact, the Islamic regime has fucked the whole environment of Iran, including its green part, i.e. Shomal. Environmental activists say that the whole wastewaters of Gilan are poured into the rivers, and then go to the Anzali Lagoon. Located in an area of 15,000 hectares near the northern port city of Bandar Anzali in Gilan Province, Anzali Lagoon is one of the few Iranian wetlands which have been registered as an international wetland in the 1975 Ramsar Convention. Wetlands are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems; however, the Anzali Wetland has also been the victim of the authorities neglect, putting it in danger of grave ecological changes. The use of Anzali Wetland’s bank as the city dump and the release of human and industrial waste into the wetland have already put in danger the lives of animal species and at least 100 species of birds living in the area.

The secular Iranian Revolution is a revolution for protecting everything, including protecting environment. The Mullahs are the greatest enemy of environment and natural resources of Iran.

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