World set out to draw attention to plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Nature Conservation Foundation (WWF) Blue Panda sailboat anchored in Izmir Turkey in the framework of events. In this context, a protocol was signed between İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and WWF for “Plastic Waste-Free Cities Network”.
The Blue Panda sailboat, which started out with the idea of a “Better Protected Mediterranean” and attracted attention to the plastic pollution in the Mediterranean by the World Foundation for Nature Protection (WWF), reached İzmir. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has signed a protocol to join the "Plastic Waste-Free Cities Network" of WWF within the scope of plastic pollution prevention works, which is one of the most important problems of the nature agenda. Izmir Metropolitan Mayor at the signing ceremony Tunç Soyer and WWF Turkey Chairman Ugur Bayar, as well as the Izmir Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mahmoud Özgener and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary-General also took part in Mr. Grant Gokce.
We are the nature
Stating that research shows that 95 is composed of plastic materials and that 80 is the land-based waste produced in cities, İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer said in his speech before signing the protocol: ; it is damaged by the impacts of plastic materials on their habitats. Micro plastics, which are formed by the disintegration of plastics without dissolution, enter the bodies of marine creatures without even realizing it. This micro-plastic pollution affects living organisms negatively and poses a significant health risk for those of us who are also fed with marine foods as part of the food chain.
In other words, human being, which is a part of nature, destroys its future with all beings in nature. However, nature is the mirror of man. We are nature. The cycle of nature is our own. ”
İzmir is among the leading cities of the world
In the water, in the forest, in the mountains, in the soil, in other places where there is life; Mayor Tunç Soyer stated that the life of all assets, including human beings, is an indivisible whole and interconnected. With all beings in nature; It aims to build a future in which air, water, and climate live.
With this protocol, İzmir contributes to the protection of the Mediterranean Sea and the rich ecosystem in which it lives, and promises to be a city between 2025 and 2030 where plastic waste is not mixed with nature. İzmir also takes its place among the leading cities in the world in the field of plastic pollution prevention. ”
Japan's largest plastic island in the Pacific
WWF-Turkey Chairman Ugur Bay in his speech, "Environmental and climate issues in a very macabre point, all of us We are at a watershed.
The percentage of carbon emissions goes towards 3. From the rain in the Amazons to the melting of the glaciers, we are in serious danger. A terrible cycle of consumption has made the world unsustainable. Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic mix into the sea.
In the Pacific, a large plastic island almost formed from Japan. If it goes like this, there will be more plastic than fish in 2050. We are the provincial generations who are experiencing the terrible effects of climate change, but the last generation will stop it ”.