GÖCEK, Muğla – Doğan News Agency Two of the country's prominent environmental organizations have teamed up for a cross-country campaign to raise awareness about global warming and climate change using two alternatively-fueled boats. The Turkish Foundation for Combating Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats, or TEMA, and the Foundation for a Clean Sea, or TURMEPA, addressed the public at a meeting held yesterday in Göcek in the province of Muğla to kick off the donation campaign.
TEMA and TURMEPA, which will be traveling across Turkey in two alternatively-fueled boats and a truck, will try to raise awareness of global warming by reaching out to 810,000 people in 81 cities. "In the future we will need what's underwater to overcome our hunger, and we will be too late because they will be polluted," said TUREMPA Head Manager Levent Ballar.
Ballar said that as a part of the project the two groups will travel on the Black and Mediterranean seas in two alternatively-fueled boats to try to raise people's consciousness about global warming.
"Global warming is the most important issue of our time and we are somehow trying to resist to the climate change. We are trying to explain this to our people. We endure the temperature that should be felt during August. It has a negative impact on vegetables and agriculture. The drought is exorbitant. If these global problems and pollution goes on like this, there will be no food left and we will have to eat what's at the bottom of the sea,� said Ballar, who added, �This will happen in 20 to 30 years. What will happen if we pollute these underwater resources too? Flavor won't be an option anymore, feeding on will be just enough. We have come to live with limited resources.�
Ballar emphasized that the project is important for TEMA and TURMEPA to wake up the nation. People need to understand this issue and be aware, he said. So far the foundations have succeeded in collecting YTL 1 million. After gathering another YTL 2 million they will build the two boats, according to Ballar.
�We will start our tour with a truck in October. The schooling will last for three years. Everyone will be informed, even the doctors and farmers. They will be instructed what and what not to do," said Ballar.
Noting that no modern fuel sources will be used to power the boats, Ballar said that the vessels would work with three different alternative fueling sources and that there would be solar energy panels and an electrical engine that would convert the solar energy into electricity. He said this way the team would use the electric power when there was no sunlight, saying wind power will also be an energy source for the boats.