Turkey’s president said Thursday that “timely and appropriate action” must be taken to prevent environmental problems, as nature suffers from the shortcomings of industrialization and technological development.
“Industrialization, technological progress and human influence have unfortunately caused serious damage to nature and the environment. Every year we see and feel more and more of the effects of this destruction around the world.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is Anadolu Agency Environmental Forum at Istanbul.
The purpose of this one-day forum is to address the need to create a new media language on environment and climate issues, to raise global awareness by international media outlets, to the obligations of traditional and new media, and to: It’s about tackling the problem. environmental awareness in new news areas.
“Undoubtedly, as with any other issue, it is important that the countries that do more harm to the environment take greater responsibility and contribute more to the struggle.”
The president said the Anadolu Agency Environmental Forum was organized to help find solutions to the climate and environmental crisis.
“From media responsibility in the climate crisis to sustainable development, media approaches to natural disasters, and shared responsibility, each of these key issues will be comprehensively discussed at this forum,” he added. rice field.
He said the forum will be one of the most important global platforms where climate and environmental issues are thoroughly discussed.
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“Environmental issues are one of Turkey’s main concerns.”
Erdoğan said the Turkish government has always considered combating climate change and environmental issues as one of its main concerns and has taken steps over the past two decades to protect nature and the environment and combat climate change. said.
“We believe that protecting the environment, the common living space of all people, is a responsibility, not a favor. Our historical responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions is less than 1%. But combating climate and environmental issues is one of our responsibilities, a top priority,” he added.
Turkiye has benefited from sincere efforts to promote renewable energy, waste management, forest expansion, and many other areas.
“In the use of renewable energy, Turkiye recently rose to fifth place in Europe and 12th place in the world. This was achieved by increasing the share of renewable energy to 55% of total energy,” he said. he added.
Turkey has also increased its forest cover to 23 million hectares (56.8 million acres), making it the European country with the highest forest cover expansion.
“Our efforts to establish 81 million square meters of national gardens in 81 states continue unabated. We were conscious of our responsibility to the environment,” Erdogan said.
He added that ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2021 gave Turkiye a significant impetus in its fight against climate change: We will continue to take all necessary measures.”
“Anadolu Agency is one of the leading climate journalism outlets”
The President welcomed the Anadolu Agency, which organized the forum, and said media organizations have a great responsibility to raise public awareness about climate change and the environment, both in Turkey and in the world.
“The Anadolu Agency has become one of the leading climate journalism outlets not only in our country, but also in the world, with a dedicated Greenline unit founded some time ago,” Erdogan said. said.
He said that Turkey’s voice of the world for more than 100 years, the Anadolu Agency “is telling the whole world about climate change and the environment by seeing the unseen and listening to the unheard of.” I wish the Anadolu Agency all the success in a difficult but honorable mission,” he added. “
President Erdogan also thanked leading international journalists, news agencies and representatives of international organizations for their contributions to the forum.
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