Iz Newspaper’s “Those Who Leave a Trace” was presented with the theme of “Combating the Climate Crisis.” İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, who received an award for his efforts to combat the climate crisis, said, “I hope the steps we take for a life in harmony with nature in İzmir will inspire our country and the world.”
The 6th Anniversary of İz Newspaper was celebrated at the Historical Coal Gas Factory with the newspaper’s traditional “Those Who Leave A Trace” award ceremony. This year, the awards were handed out with the theme of “Combating the Climate Crisis”, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, CHP İzmir Deputy, Parliamentary Environment Committee Member Murat Minister, Evrensel Newspaper İzmir Representative Özer Akdemir, lawyer Özlem Altıparmak and lawyer Cem Altıparmak couple, who are the symbols of the environmental struggle in the Black Sea. It was given to his son, Ulaş Lokumcu, on behalf of the deceased Metin Lokumcu.
The ceremony brought together many names from the press, politics, art and business world in İzmir. İz Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Ümit Kartal said that they will continue on their journey with a young team without compromising the professional principles of the press. Speaking at the ceremony, İzmir Journalists Association President Dilek Gappi also drew attention to the importance of press freedom and the local press in the process we live in.
“We will determine the end of the era”
President Tunç Soyer, who was deemed worthy of the 2021 Leave a Mark award for his work against climate change, said, “We live in an age where establishing a civilization in harmony with nature has become the most fundamental issue of humanity. This era will end. Either we will live with all living things in the natural world with the climate revolution, or we will see our planet return to its original state of fire. Our common destiny is our planet. This is where billions upon billions of identical sentences are spoken simultaneously and combined into one story. It is important to consider which sentences we use. What sentences do we use to tell our shared story? Or our own ambitions? This will determine the fate of our planet. This devastation of our planet shows us that people can’t bear to hear their insatiable thoughts. That’s why we started by making other sentences in İzmir. We believe that another agriculture is possible. Because water and biodiversity are two of the most important things in this age of climate crisis. The reason for both is wrong agricultural policies,” he said.
“I wish the steps we took in İzmir to inspire the world”
Reminding that they have experienced every disaster in İzmir since taking office, Mayor Soyer said, “We have learned a lot. The most important thing we see is that being in solidarity is the only way for us to be resilient. To be in solidarity with nature, and not with each other. To move İzmir forward with its nature. The climate revolution is something that humanity is working towards. The fight against climate change is not just for agriculture and commerce. As mayor of Izmir, my main focus is: To leave an Izmir with a great deal of natural diversity and a high standard of living for future generations. We invest in permanent solutions that can be used to combat the climate crisis. I hope that the steps we take for a life in harmony with nature in İzmir will inspire our country and the world. Definitely kazanWe will,” he said.
Minister: We will continue to fight
CHP İzmir Deputy Murat Minister drew attention to the struggle for nature in his speech after receiving his award. Murat Minister said, “Izmir is a city that acts as a role model against the climate crisis in Turkey. From here, the struggle will rise. If the mineral isn’t going to harm a tree leaf, it should not be removed. Power may not be a problem with rivers, mountains, or seas. It is our job to protect them. It is our job. He stated that we will continue to fight.”
Lokumcu’s grandson and son on stage
To receive Metin Lokumcu’s award, his son Ulaş Lokumcu took the stage with his daughter. Lokumcu recalled his father’s fight against HEPPs and said, “We must fight for the future.
The İzmir Representative of Evrensel Newspaper, Özer Akdemir, attorney Özlem Altıparmak and attorney Cem Altıparmak couple were among the award recipients.
The 2020 Awards were also presented
The 2020 awards, which couldn’t be given last year because of pandemic restrictions, were also handed out at the ceremony. The award was given to the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Fire Brigade Department for its search and rescue efforts during the October 30 earthquake. İsmail Derse, Head of Fire Brigade, received the award with his colleagues. The award given to the Izmir Medical Chamber on behalf of all health workers who worked hard in the Kovid-19 epidemic was also given to the President of the Medical Chamber, Dr. Lütfi Çamlı accepted the award with the members of the board of directors. World Record Holder National Swimmer Emre Sakçı from Izmir also received his award amid applause. Former CHP İzmir Deputy Zeynep Altıok Akatlı received the award on behalf of the Let’s Revive Solidarity Broadcasting Committee, which organized the 7-hour social media live broadcast by İz Newspaper in support of the “We are here” campaign initiated by the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality.