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EU Climate Action Week in 20 Cities Across Turkey

The EU Delegation in Turkey, via the EU Information Centres Network, launched a campaign to raise awareness on, discuss and debate climate action between 16 and 27 October 2017.


The EU Climate Action week was launched in Ankara at the Erimtan Museum by HoD Ambassador Christian Berger and Deputy Minister for Environment and Urbanisation Mehmet Ceylan. The launch event hosted two exhibitions courtesy of the Italian Embassy [4 Projects for Development] and the Swedish Embassy [Facing Climate Change], bringing together EU Member States, representatives from ministries, NGOs and other stakeholders. The highlight of the event was a tree-planting ceremony in the garden of the Erimtan Museum.

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Deputy Minister of Environment and Urbanisation Mr. Mehmet Ceylan together with Ambassador Christian Berger and Representatives of EU Member States at the launch.

 

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The South-Eastern city of Gaziantep hosted the next high-level climate change event, attended by DHoD Gabriel Munuera Vinals and Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Ali Şahin. The highlight of the event was a tree planting ceremony attended by local public and high school students from the Renewable Energy Vocational High School.

 

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DHoD Munuera Vinals plants the olive tree together with Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Ali Şahin.

A mature olive tree, which had been uprooted to make place for urban areas, found a new home in the garden of the Gaziantep Ecological Building. In parallel students attend a workshop on renewable energy where they built their own wind turbines and discussed the importance of renewable energy in the fight against climate change.

Local events in 18 further cities took place in the following days, including panel discussions, seminars, tree planting activities, competitions, film screenings (French "Demain"), workshops, concerts, trekking and exhibitions.

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Shots from Şanlıurfa, Halfeti, during the tour by the EU funded solar energy boat; event included an information session on a Civil Society Dialogue Program on climate change for local people, media representatives and local NGOs.

 

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A shot from Eskişehir during the climate change trekking event in Sarıcakaya district, a region affected by severe forest fires in the past.
 

Local Vanspor soccer game started with a banner displayed by players with the EU Climate Action message.

Local Vanspor soccer game started with a banner displayed by players with the EU Climate Action message.

 

The closing event took place in the northern Black Sea city of Trabzon, in a remote mountain village, with the participation of the local community and 150 university students.

Deputy Head of the EU Delegation's Economic and Social Development section Tibor Sztaricskai dances the traditional "Horon" in Trabzon with local women and students after tree planting and an interactive chat on climate change.

Deputy Head of the EU Delegation's Economic and Social Development section Tibor Sztaricskai dances the traditional "Horon" in Trabzon with local women and students after tree planting and an interactive chat on climate change.

 

According to studies, Trabzon seems to be the least climate-change-affected region in Turkey. EU Climate Change experts, however, conveyed the message that no one can escape the effects of climate change and gave examples related to the region with a focus on fisheries. The discussion underlined the importance of the Paris Climate Agreement ratification, while informing about EU-Turkey cooperation in the field of climate change.

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A student from Karadeniz Technical University plants a tree, a symbolic gesture to raise awareness on climate change and to stress the importance of individual action in the fight against climate change.

 

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Posters designed by students from Mersin competed for a High School Prize. The posters were exhibited at an event to raise awareness on the need for local action as regards climate change.

 

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Students in Samsun designed their own costumes out of waste material to draw attention to the importance of recycling for environment protection and for fighting climate change.


The events aimed at improving dialogue platforms at local level with key stakeholders from local government, civil society, academia, business and media. Furthermore, they aimed to emphasize the scope for individual action for climate change awareness and environmental protection. The campaign's key message was: "Everyone can make a difference," showing that individual and local action helps achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.