Meet Istanbul treehugger and journalist Gökçe Uygun

Meet Istanbul treehugger and journalist Gökçe Uygun

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Gökçe Uygun

Gökçe Uygun for Green Prophet

One factor I’ve seen over time whereas working as a sustainability reporter and editor: we’re not often interviewed by different media regardless of being specialists in our discipline. It may need one thing to do with competitors within the media, however I’d somewhat assume that we simply are inclined to overlook the apparent. We have been blissful to fulfill Gökçe Uygun on a social media discussion board involved about making Istanbul “eco” and what’s a greater option to know Istanbul’s sustainability scene than by way of a curious reporter. 

Gökçe Uygun, 42, and primarily based within the Kadıköy neighborhood of  İstanbul is a journalist working for Gazete Kadıköy (an area newspaper of the Kadıköy Municipality) for the final 13 years. We have some questions for her and here’s what she says:

1. Tell us concerning the setting motion in Turkey? What’s occurring? What ought to we care about?

There are many organizations in Turkey, regionally and globally (similar to Greenpeace, Turkey).

Uncontrolled mining actions, hydropower crops, discount of inexperienced areas in cities throughout city transformation processes, air air pollution (particularly in metropolitan cities), air pollution of the Marmara Sea, the federal government’s Canal Istanbul Project (çevreciler says it’s going to destroy nature of Istanbul).  Environmentalist organizations and native persons are preventing towards these sorts of points.

2. What are your three favourite tasks or concepts which can be occurring? Can you inform us a bit extra about them?

First; there’s a ‘Repair Club’. It’s an Istanbul primarily based social enterprise. They have nice tasks. Second  Meatless Monday. Third, Plastbanta (a plastic detox & weight loss plan in Swedish)

3. What are the three largest environmental issues in Turkey?

The destruction of forests and water assets, a lower in inexperienced areas, folks’s dangerous habits… some folks throw their trash to the streets, nonetheless. Can you consider that?!

Gökçe Uygun

4. How are folks coping with these points, the federal government?

First of all I want to say that;  very troublesome to be an environmentalist in Turkey. Remember the Gezi Park protest…  a number of folks have been killed and lots of injured; some persons are nonetheless in jail simply because they defended bushes. So environmentalists are preventing with demonstrations within the discipline and on the authorized facet. 

Related: Turkish couple murdered for trying to save the land they loved


Turkish couple murdered for making an attempt to avoid wasting the land they liked

5. What are the very best methods for vacationers to expertise an eco-friendly time out in Istanbul? Any actions?

If you’re a vacationer and take a eco-friendly time out in İstanbul ı counsel you go to Kadıköy. Because Kadıköy’s persons are very aware of these points and likewise the Kadıköy Municipality affords many choices. You can begin your day with a vegan breakfast. Then shopping Kadıköy Municipality’s zero waste shop. Also you possibly can go to Kadıköy Municipality’s Ecological Life Centre the place you possibly can participate some actions. Besides, you possibly can store on the flea market.

6. If you had a 1 billion Euros to put money into Istanbul what would you do?

I might spent it for public transport. Because there are too many personal vehicles. This funding would cut back that. Also I might give a bicycle to each physique : )

7 . Nature is such an enormous a part of Turkey. Is there any nature tourism round Istanbul

Gökçe Uygun, treehugger

Treehugger Gökçe Uygun

Yes I suppose so. There are some teams/journey corporations making trekking excursions to İstanbul’s ponds, forests

8. Where do sustainability folks hang around and what do they do?They’re largely vegan folks on the identical time. So they’ve their group. For instance ı know a vegan group who organise vegan picnic as soon as a month in Kadıköy. They attempt to lead a sustainable life; shopping for second hand garments, furnishings, or swap them, separate their rubbish, don’t use plastic luggage.. and so on.

9. What impressed you to develop into an environmental reporter? 

Actually we cant say ı am a environmental reporter. I cowl tales about any points. But after all ı actually care about environmental correspondence and I focus it time to time.

10. Did you research? 

I graduated from Marmara University in Journalism

11. Tell us about your self rising up…have been you a metropolis child or a rustic child?

Oh, sadly I used to be a very metropolis child. I used to be born and grew up in Istanbul — such a metropolis. My mum didn’t used to let me play at exterior. I didn’t have a lot relationship with nature, till I turned an grownup. Now I understand the worth of nature and I’m in love with it.

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