Thank You Dear Hayrettin Karaca..
In Turkey everything is not going so bad, there are some people who gratify us, too. One of them is a philanthropist and a hero, Hayrettin Karaca. He is the founder of TEMA, an institution protecting natural habitats. TEMA operates at local, national and international level. It implements educational activities, organizes awareness raising events and campaigns for community mobilization and empowerment. TEMA Foundation, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is now Turkey’s largest and leading environmental NGO, already serving with over 450,000 volunteers.
Mr. Karaca received the 'Forest Hero Award' from the United Nations. Along with Mr. Karaca Hayrettin Karaca, five other activists were selected as Forest Heroes among 47 candidates from 30 countries. The awards were presented on 10 April 2013 in a ceremony in Istanbul.
Gezi Park: An Environmental Issue.
TEMA announced a declaration at their web site against the demolition of trees in Gezi Park, Istanbul.
The protests have raised awareness about other environmental issues such as the third bridge over the Bosphorus, the third Istanbul airport, the Canal Istanbul project, plans for the Atatürk Forest Farm and hydroelectric power plants.
The protests have also suspended discussion of a parliamentary bill, the ‘Law on Nature and Biological Diversity Conservation’ that was approved by a sub-commission in 2012 and due to be discussed this week. If passed, this law would allow for construction in Turkey's national parks including Istanbul's Belgrade Forest, Lake Manyas Bird Heaven and other natural sites such as the Yedigöller lakes area. A total of 113 civil society organizations came together to oppose it, and an AKP official has now said that the party will exchange views with environmental groups and other non-governmental organizations about the bill.
"vedat safak yami"