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Ricardus is never a bystander at any level, especially when the subject concerns nature. To the learnt ecologist, the natural heritage of Lebanon is its most important assets and one that would support its productive sectors and economy, thus, its protection and well-being are imperative. Ricardus has volunteered the responsibility to protect this wealth so that the general public and Lebanese authorities learn its proper value and treat it appropriately.
In the 1970s and 80s, his voice was the sole advocate of environmental protection and resounded unequivocally. The full dedication and commitment, as well as the immensity of activities that Ricardus conducted, allowed environmental approaches to develop a new dimension in the general public’s conscientiousness. His efforts fruited at establishing a wave of awareness across the country and at having many of the people whom he motivated, supported, educated or trained, engage in the cause and start their own course. This resulted in a blooming of the environmental movement in Lebanon.

Consecrating 35 years to this mission, Ricardus fathers the environmental movement in Lebanon. He has operated on various levels heading on two major poles:
-    Spreading environmental awareness and education to soldier the public to the cause. Ricardus believes that people cannot be held accountable for their actions if they were ignorant of the consequences.
Of his words after having lectured to a crowd:  
“ TODAY I HAVE GIVEN YOU A LOAD OF THE BURDEN I AM CARRYING.
    NOW THAT YOU KNOW, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE”

-    Taking immediate action to protect or to prevent, halt or alleviate damage. While spreading awareness constitutes a long-term preventive measure, acting on the ground is defensive.
Of his words:
“LEBANON IS TOO SMALL WITH FINITE RESOURCES, WE CANNOT WAIT TILL WE EDUCATE YOUNG GENERATIONS. THERE WILL BE NOTHING LEFT FOR THEM TO APPRECIATE.”
 
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