Thousands march against fossil fuels in Turkey’s İzmir

Thousands march against fossil fuels in Turkey’s İzmir

İZMİR – Doğan News Agency
Thousands march against fossil fuels in Turkey’s İzmir

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The last leg of a worldwide protest series “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” took place on May 15 in the Aliağa district of the Aegean province of İzmir, with the participation of around 2,000 people from 80 different NGOs. The area, known for its large thermal plant, was chosen as a symbolic center of the anti-fossil fuel initiative.

A group of individuals and NGO members, who gathered in the Ilıpınar area of İzmir’s Foça district, marched for 2.5 kilometers to the Aliağa thermal plant’s slag field as part of the initiative. 

The “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” demonstrations have been carried out since May 4 cross 12 countries including Germany, the U.S., New Zealand, Indonesia, and South Africa.  

The march was also participated in by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputies Musa Çam, Fikri Çağlar, and Mehmet Tüm, as well as the mayors of Aliağa and Foça.

Demonstrators said Turkey is planning to build 71 new coal thermal plants, four of which will be built in Aliağa, despite the country’s obligation to abide by the Paris Treaty, which stipulates countries to limit their fossil fuel production. 

“Aliağa is right next to İzmir, where four million people live. It already has four plants, one of which is a coal plant, as well as hundreds of industrial and petro chemistry facilities. Four more thermal plants are now also planned to be built. But we will defend these waters, all their animals including fish and seals, and all agriculture including olives and vineyards, the forests and the soil,” said  Ezgi Türetken, a member of the Foça Environment and Culture Platform (FOÇEP).