ecology

  • Coal mines in Şırnak threaten human life, nature 

    Coal screening plants in Şırnak, whose numbers are increasing day by day, pose a significant threat to human life and natural heritage. As the citizens living in villages close to these plants cannot go out due to dust pollution, vegetable crops dry out.

  • Picture of beautiful Lake Van and Mount Süphan 

    The Serhat region has many natural beauties, and it attracts the attention of local and foreign tourists with its mountains and geography. You can see both Lake Van and Mt Süphan together from Bitlis province.

  • She shaves her hair to save wild goats 

    Conscientious objector Meral Geylani shaved her hair to protest the hunting of wild goats. “Hair grows, but killed goats will never come back,” she said that an amendment must be made to the constitution for violence against animals.

  • Gendarmes positioned in İşkencedere valley after announcement of ban on protests 

    Rize Governorate has banned all demonstrations and protests in the İşkencedere Valley for 15 days to allow Cengiz Construction Company to build a stone quarry in the valley. After the announcement of the ban, gendarmes have been positioned in the valley.

  • From thousands of years old history to Nazi ghettos: Sur 

    After the clashes took place in Amed’s historic Sur district, new buildings built in the places of the destroyed houses have been sold now. “These practices aiming to change and transform the physical and socio-cultural structure have been carried out to destroy the thousands of years old history of Sur,” said Berivan Güneş, the co-chair of the Diyarbakır Branch of the Chamber of City Planners.

  • Geliyê Goderne valley under threat due to dam project 

    Geliyê Goderne valley, hosting many endemic plants and historic buildings, is under threat due to the Silvan dam project. When the construction of the Silvan Dam is completed, the valley and its historic buildings will be submerged.

  • İkizdere: Women keep resisting 

    Women in İkizdere were stopped by the gendarmeries while going to the resistance area to protest the stone quarry project.

  • Flowers exhibited in Kobanê 

    An exhibit of flowers has been opened in Kobanê under the leadership of Local Governments and the Ecological Administrative Board.

  • Iran: Children collect wastepaper to rebuild their school 

    440 children in Iranian Talesh city launched a campaign to draw attention to environmental awareness. They collected nearly 200 tons of waste paper to rebuild their school. The children shared the photographs of their renewed school on their social media accounts.

  • Diwêriya collecting licorice roots: I'm a strong woman working tirelessly 

    50-year-old Diwêriya Xidir has made a living by collecting licorice roots, which is considered one of the world's oldest herbal remedies, growing along the Habur Riverbank. “I have to work. I have to move. I don’t feel alive when I don’t work or move. I’m a strong woman working tirelessly,” said Diwêriya, who keeps collecting the roots despite her age.

  • “My garden is my life”, says Saliha who works in Hevsel Gardens 

    With the coming of spring, Hevsel Gardens have been greening. Saliha Kaya has cultivated her land for 40 years in the Hevsel Gardens. “My garden is my life,” says Saliha, making a living by cultivating her land.

  • “Violence against animals should be included in Criminal Code” 

    HAYTAP Ankara Representative Pelin Sayılgan stated that the legislation is insufficient for violent crimes against animals and that an Animal Rights Law should be enacted as soon as possible. “There is no draft law prepared yet. Only a research commission was founded, and this commission has summited several recommendations. The Animal Protection Law No. 5199 is far from protecting animals. We have been fighting for a law amendment summited to the Parliament for 16 and it should be passed immediately and violence against animals should be included in the scope of the Penal Code,” said Pelin.

  • Historical walls trying to survive 

    Amed’s walls have been damaged because of the lack of care and the earthquake that hit Elazığ province last year and now the walls are trying to survive. Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects in Amed (Diyarbakır) Co-chair Selma Aslan demands the authorities to take steps to protect the walls.

  • ‘Ambition can destroy people and nature’ 

    “Bilanço” is a short film telling how ambition can destroy people and nature. Hayriye Çam, Begüm Ateş, Lale Kurbanova, and Nejla Özge Alban explain how essential ecology is.

  • Civil initiative for architecture: UrbanTank 

    Tüba Doğu and Melis Varkal are two successful women having architectural education and working on urban sociology. Instead of an architectural understanding stuck in an office, they have formed a civil initiative called "UrbanTank" with the idea of producing tools and conducting researches in order to include the citizens and to allow them to speak out. UrbanTank can be considered as an unusual model in Turkey and around the world. They conduct original researches on the ground along with participants for urban residents, users of public spaces.