The last man on earth is sitting inside a clear glass cube on the Beirut Corniche, suffering under the sun’s unbearably harsh rays and rising sea levels. The summers are far hotter than he remembers and the rain much heavier. 

While this scene may not actually be a reality today, one Lebanese activist who chose to live inside a transparent box for three days to highlight the dangerous effects of climate change is certain it soon will be. 

 Environmental activist and actor 24-year-old Rami Eid spent 72 hours inside a tiny 2×2 meter box, coming out a little worse-for-wear Sunday, to highlight the damaging effects of global warming and to push Arab world leaders to take fast and effective action against the problem at Copenhagen summit later this year. 

The climate change demonstration “The Last Man,” set up in Ain al-Mreisseh on Friday and organized by independent Lebanese activists IndyAct, visually showed the bleak future for mankind where we failed to act against global warming when we had the chance. 

 As part of the demonstration Eid was forced to put up with simulated “climate changes” to show the future of food shortages, extreme temperatures and rising water levels, which threatened to fill up the very cube he was living in. 

IndyAct environmentalist lives inside a transparent box on the Beirut Corniche for three days

 The cube itself represents the earth in which we all live and the “last man” the future generations forced who will bear the brunt of our inaction today, organizers IndyAct said. 

 “He represents the last man enduring a fierce struggle for survival against climate change effects,” the environmental rights group said. “We are trying to powerfully show the country that this generation can really change the course of the future.” 

As temperatures reached an already uncomfortably 30 degrees Celsius outside, inside the cube Eid experienced the world in 70 years time, with the glass serving to heat the surrounding air up, replicating the long-term effect of green house gas emissions. 
 
 
Under the constant glare of the curious Lebanese public, Eid was forced to go to the toilet in a bottle when no one was looking in the middle of the night, and survived on what little food he brought in with him. 

 Eid has been live blogging the experience from the cube, sharing the story of the last man with the world. “I can’t explain to you how hard it is to live with a flood,” he said, “and I am sure you don’t wish this upon people let alone your children’s children. But by 2080 this can be a reality,” he warned. 

“Being in this situation really makes me relate to a certain extent with poor countries that get hit with natural disasters all the time. The poor are the main victims of natural disasters,” Eid said. “There are plenty of them, especially in Lebanon.” 

Eid is hoping that his stunt was taken as seriously as the message itself. “I hope we all learned something from this, I know I did. There has been enough talking – it’s time to walk, and our youth in Lebanon are one of our biggest hopes to sustain climate change here and elsewhere in the world.” 

 Early last month IndyActgroup staged a protest in Beirut as part of global “Wake-Up Call” events held in 2,000 locations around the world. The event was attended by throngs of Lebanese fighting to increase awareness of the cause. 

A “Climate Change Countdown Clock” was erected to symbolize the three months the international community has left to forge an agreement to combat climate change at the UN summit.

IndyAct has joined forces with several international organizations to demand Arab leaders attend the December meet and sign a binding treaty to halt climate change.

 
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned last month that it would be “morally inexcusable” if the international community failed to agree on a new treaty in Copenhagen.
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