I live in the city of Eskişehir, Turkey, and right now a resistance movement has just begun. One by one, more people are joining it. They participate for themselves, for their lands, air, water, and for their future. This movement is against thermal power plants (TPPs). These TPPs are among many new solutions to generate energy in the 21st century, and our government decided to build one just 20 km away from my city’s centre. Though this issue may appear to be a local one, it is more much than that.
Our water, land, and air are under threat. Sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other toxic particles and particulates can poison us causing lung damage and acid rain—every year 800, 000 premature deaths result from coal plant smokestacks. We are covering our future before it can shine.
Over the centuries, our desire to innovate has had unintended, but ruinous effects on nature. Nonetheless, the natural environment adapts itself to our harsh treatment of it. Somehow it still finds a way to give us everything we need to survive—food, fresh air, greenery, clear rivers, and so on. And still, humanity never stops destroying it.
I guess most people have an idea of how TPPs damage the water we drink, the air we breathe, and soils we toil. Unfortunately, some people are willing to turn a blind eye to them for a few short-term personal benefits. They think that they can find a job at one or get money if they sell their land to one. However, what about their grandchildren’s future? Do they ever think that far ahead?
It is painful and shameful to share the same air and lands with such people. I hope we will emerge the winner at the end of our resistance.
Wish us luck,
Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar.