Turkey more environmentally friendly than Europe

Speaking on World Environment Day, Turkish Minister of Environment and Urban Planning – Erdogan Bayraktar stated that Turkey currently is more advanced than Europe in tackling environmental issues.

Park in Istanbul

Park in Istanbul

Speaking at the opening of a park in Istanbul, Bayraktar said: “The world is a small planet and polluted easily, but when it gets dirty it is not easy to clean. Europe has polluted its land with industrialisation. They gathered in Stockholm in 1972 and said ‘The world is getting polluted; global warming and the greenhouse effect are increasing. Where will this lead?’ That’s why they established World Environment Day. The world is spending large amounts of money to keep the world clean, but even under these conditions we are much more advanced than Europe.”

Bayraktar also spoke of the new park opening in Istanbul, saying: “We are trying to open some free space for our people to breathe. Fatih is one of the oldest settlements in the world. In the age of the Byzantine Empire, this area used to be a great underground tank; with a big effort we have turned this place into a park.”

The new park in Istanbul is a big 24,000 square metres in size, including 10,000 square metres of green.

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