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HEAL in Turkey: Break free from fossil fuels

At the beginning of May, thousands of people all across the world joined the call to break free from our fossil fuel addition.

In Turkey, HEAL supported a gathering to end Turkey’s coal rush which brought together over 2,000 people.

Local people, health professionals, climate advocates and many others issued a powerful call on 15 March in Izmir, Aliaga for decentralised, healthy, clean and efficient energy under the slogan “no more coal”. Turkey is one of the countries of particular concern with plans to build up to 80 new coal plants. This makes Turkey the fourth biggest coal investment country after China, India and Russia. Currently, 25 coal power plants provide for 30 percent of electricity produced in the country.

Last year, HEAL published an estimate showing that the then existing 20 coal plants cause up to 3.6 billion EUR in health costs per year. This report “The Unpaid Health Bill – how coal fired power plants in Turkey make us sick”was published jointly with six leading health and medical organisations in Turkey, who have been very active and public in advocating to end new coal investments.

The Turkish Right to Clean Air Platform, which brings together 18 health and environmental NGOs, was among the participants in the Izmir meeting. Altogether there were more than 70 civil society and community-based organisations present.

Haluk Calışır from the Turkish Turkish Thoracic Society, a partner of the platform, underlined in a statement in front of the Aliaga coal waste side that “clean air is a human and civil right, and coal fired power plants are one of the biggest sources of ambient air pollution”.

Originally posted on 26 May 2016

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