İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu gave awards to the students who were placed in the painting contest organized by İSKİ for middle school and high school students. Stating that there are many factors threatening the nature of Istanbul, İmamoğlu said, "As a result, with a 'Concrete Canal', we continue our struggle against those who started a process that will cause great destruction in Istanbul." Saying “Istanbul's mega project is to create a healthy and livable city”, Imamoglu said, “This will be a long-term struggle. If there are some obstacles in front of us, if there are some threats, if any, the elements that will threaten the future of Istanbul under the name of 'mega project' standing in front of us; It is also our responsibility to stand up to these with reason, science, law and law ”.
İSKİ organized a painting contest with the theme of "climate change and water" for middle school and high school students studying in the city within the scope of the "March 22 World Water Day" activities. The jury found the 90 works participating in the competition worthy of exhibition and publication. An award ceremony was held for a total of 6 artist candidates, who are secondary and high school students who received degrees in the competition. Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) Ekrem İmamoğlu also attended the ceremony held at İSKİ General Directorate in Kağıthane.
MERMUTLU: "WE SPEND 8 THOUSAND LITERS OF WATER FOR A HAMBURGER"
İSKİ General Manager Raif Mermutlu, who made the first speech at the ceremony, made clear his aim of organizing the contest with the words "To protect our water resources, to emphasize the importance of saving, to raise awareness about water usage and to evaluate the current situation from the eyes of young people" Emphasizing that water is a civilization and a source of life, Mermutlu underlined that this situation has become more understandable with the pandemic process. Mermutlu said, "There is also a 'footprint' of water," and shared the following interesting information:
“Water footprint, to put it briefly, is the amount of water used in the whole production stage from the beginning of a product to the final product. There is a serious consumption of water in a t-shirt we wear and a tea we drink. We throw away our water with everything we consume unnecessarily. For example, with an A4 paper that we use unnecessarily, we are wasting 10 liters of water. We spend 200 liters of water for 185 grams of potato chips and 8 thousand liters for a hamburger. So we don't waste water just while using it. "
İMAMOĞLU: "THE MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM OF THE WORLD IS CLIMATE CHANGE"
Speaking at the ceremony, İmamoğlu said, “It was really valuable to see that we have young people who are really creative and who can feel, to see that we have young people who can imagine what they feel and who can write and draw them, and to see those young people who can convey this sensitivity and this sincerity to us in the deepest way. I would like to thank all our friends and young people who contributed to this process ”. Emphasizing that the most important problem in the world is climate change, İmamoğlu said, “The most important reason for this can be listed as the damage caused by human beings to nature, environment and our resources. We have to realize this process and find a solution together. "We have to do this without wasting any time," he said. Pointing out that the last 2 years of Istanbul have been dry, İmamoğlu said, “We should take this drought danger as a warning. We need to take a lesson and look in front of us like that, ”he said.
"CONCRETE CHANNEL WILL CAUSE DESTRUCTION"
Saying, "The nature and the environment in Istanbul should not be pillaged, wasted and protected from now on," said İmamoğlu.
“Many things are happening that threaten the nature of Istanbul. As a result, with a 'Concrete Canal', we continue our struggle against those who are starting a process that will cause great destruction in Istanbul. This reveals that Istanbul's concept of 'mega project' should also change. What is Istanbul's mega project? Istanbul's mega project is to create a healthy and livable city. To enable people to meet with the natural environment. The main mega project is to create a city where our children and young people can look at life with hope. To fulfill the elements of this. "
"WE MUST HAVE MENTAL CHANGE"
Emphasizing that this will be a long-term struggle, İmamoğlu said, “If there are some obstacles and threats in front of us, the elements that will threaten the future of Istanbul under the name of 'mega project' standing in front of us; It is also our responsibility to stand against them with reason, science, law and law. Maybe we can see that opposing stance together in the pictures that are lined up outside with the knights. In other words, the fact that both our children and our youth feel that threat, feel that fear and write them, draw them, I think it is both a counter stance against such threats and a sign of how sensitive we are with a generation. Therefore, we must accomplish great things. In this sense, we have to create a mentality change. Really, children and young people are much more sensitive to this issue. A good environment that we will prepare for them will make a good environment, a city and a country that has secured the future ”.
GAVE AWARDS TO STUDENTS ENTERING THE DEGREE
Stating that İSKİ is working hard on water and water conservation, İmamoğlu said, “The story of water is very precious. Because we all know that there is life, ”he said. Saying, “I am aware of the value of this activity aimed at reminding that water is life,” İmamoğlu gave his gifts and awards to secondary school students (Tuğba Madenci, Ceyda Bulutlu, Naz Peri İrem Kurt) and high school students (Kübra Kutlu, Fikriye Berra Eser, Öykü Karabulut) who won the competition. The winner of middle school Kurt and the winner of high school Karabulut presented one of their works they made out of the competition to İmamoğlu. Taking photographs with students, their families, teachers and İSKİ administrators, İmamoğlu visited the exhibited works with the creators.