After review of published daily news about the status of environment and related issues in public media and Iranians protesting against lack of action by authorities, one can draw the conclusion that the environment in Iran is in a state of destruction and a deteriorating condition. One day, the news story is about floating dust particulates in the air. Another day there are news stories of flooding and the destruction of villages, towns and farms along the way. The next day’s news is full of stories about the polluted air of major cities, closing schools and public offices. Crises of drinking water and other environmental disasters are part of the normal news cycle. Of course, these are not all. It goes on and on. There is something new every day.
The status of environmental issues is much more dire than one could perceive. The situation is so bad that even the UNDP’s representative in Tehran, with consideration of all the political norms, has pointed to improper management and protection issues of renewable natural resources in Iran and the Islamic Republic government’s responsibilities toward them (1). Other domestic and foreign environmental researchers and experts are pointing out the crises levels of environmental issues and natural resources (2, 3, 4). Altogether, one can observe and conclude that the Iranian regime does not have any practical plan for combating the immense problems of the country’s environment and renewable natural resources (5, 6).
The elected officials around the world in democratic nations, along with their citizens’ partnership, are doing their utmost to deliver their environment and natural resources in a better standing to their next generations. The Iranian regime is persecuting and imprisoning environmental activists. Iranian officials today do have a strategic plan nor a tactical one and lack the willingness to protect the environmental and natural resources. The state of environment today is more deteriorated than before Islamic Revolution of 1979. Certainly, it is too much to expect of such corrupt and huge violator of human rights to have a proper policy for the protection of environment.
Of course, the Iranian regime’s open and secret gallows and their extreme violations of human rights on a daily basis are certainly obvious to all, but its vicious intrusion on naturl resources and the country’s environmental violations are not so obvious. The extremely damaging consequences and the lack of restoration efforts are going to have an impact for years and generations to come, in which they will pay a heavy price for a lack of knowledge, mistakes, disastrous ecological mismanagement and the irresponsibility of a tyranny. What is happening now, in reality, is an environmental genocide, which victimizes many future Iranian generations. They will work for years in order to reclaim a proper living environment.
Therefore, Iran’s Regime must not only be prosecuted for the crimes committed against Iranians in 1970s and 1980s, such as the execution of 120,000 dissidents and massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, within an international criminal court, but also for the crimes committed resulting in the destruction of Iran’s natural environment. Lack of attention to the protection of environmental assets in Iran is clearly a violation of human rights and a crime against humanity. These actions have not only targeted Iranians, but also will endanger regional and international peace and dignity. Thus, these acts should be condemned by all related UN and other international entities dealing with environmental issues to force the Iranian regime to act upon its national and global responsibilities, especially regarding repairing Iran’s natural environment.
As a people, along with the Iranian resistance, we are calling for the reclamation, protection and improvement of Iran’s natural ecosystems, and asking all entities who care about a better and sustainable world ecosystem to assist in us achieving this goal. We have previously published numerous papers on the condition of Iran’s environmental issues and are now calling on all domestic and international researchers and experts to participate in this humanitarian challenge to enrich our knowledge on this path by sending us ideas, information, papers and publications to press@themediaexpress. Your cooperation in advance is much appreciated.
1. Gary Lewis Iran Interview. http://www. huffingtonpost.com/yasamin- beitollahi/an-interview-with- gary-le_b_7899244.html
2. Kaveh Madani, Amir AghaKouchak and Ali Mirchi, 2016. Iran’s Socio-economic Drought: Challenges of a Water-Bankrupt Nation. Iranian Studies, Vol. 49, No. 6, 997–1016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/ 00210862.2016.1259286.
3. Abolfazl Fani, Iran Ghazi, Arash Malekian، 2016. Challenges of Water Resource Management in Iran. American Journal of Environmental Engineering، 6(4): 123-128.
4. Ehsan Nabavi, 2016. Iran’s environmental crisis/ why we should be mindful of depicting a dystopian future – STEPS Centre, Centre for European Studies, School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University.
5. Mohammad Heydari et al, 2013. A review of the Environmental Impact of Large Dams in Iran. International Journal of Advancements Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering – IJACSE Volume 1 : Issue 1
6. London Middle East Institute, Water Crisis in Iran. April-May 2016, The Middle East in London.