As members of the Art for Nature Association, yesterday we made paintings for the crazy project Canal Istanbul, which all scientists perceive as a great danger to Istanbul, and during the Press Release, we tried to draw attention to the destruction that Canal Istanbul will cause in these paintings.
In these paintings, we depicted Storks, Yarimburgaz Cave, Terkos Lake, and trees that dry up when they are green. Because, if the Canal Istanbul project comes to life, for the sake of a 45 km concrete channel extending from Küçük Çekmece to Terkos Lake, all these pictures will be destroyed!
We have painted a tree that is green on one side and dried on the other. Because if this project comes to life, 458 hectares of forestland will be destroyed. Moreover, 2500 hectares of trees will be cut down for the new city to be created around the Canal. However, for all living things, tree means breath, it means life itself.
Let the trees live, the forests live! ”
We painted lakes, because if this project comes to life, the Küçükçekmece lagoon will disappear, the Sazlıdere dam will be completely flooded, the Terkos lake will be partially lost, 66 streams will be wasted by mixing with the canal instead of irrigating the soil, the sea water will mix into the underground waters in the region over time, and perhaps Trakya all freshwater resources will be destroyed! Water means life, means life!
Let Terkos keep fresh water, let the streams flow!
We painted storks, because if this project comes to life, most of the 124 bird species in the area will be lost. The breeding and wintering population of birds will be affected due to habitat loss. Baklalı, Boyalık and Dursunköy are vital for all migratory birds, especially storks. And this concrete channel will unfortunately be the end of them, like many other animals living in the area!
Let the migratory birds live, let them fly freely!
We depicted the Yarimburgaz cave, because the 1st Degree Archaeological Natural Site, the 400,000-year-old Yarimburgaz Cave and 25 other registered cultural assets in the region will be destroyed by this concrete canal. While painting the Yarimburgaz cave, we not only reminded the importance of this cave and all the others, but also wanted to explain that the concrete canal project is a dark, invisible and bottomless well just like this cave.
Let history live, humanity live!
Yes, this project is almost a bottomless well … It is a dark corridor where it is uncertain where it will lead Istanbul and us, and the light is not visible at the end … 3 billion cubic meters of excavation will be released, chaos will occur in the city due to 400 giant trucks, coastal fishing will end, marine ecosystems will change.
Well, have you ever wondered why all this chaos, all this massacre of nature? His answer: “A New City where qualified population will be resettled”
In other words, it is a concrete city where the qualified population will live, not us, and all this is done for the profit created by this concrete city! The fact that 27 million square meters of land in the region changed hands is the proof of this claim!
We painted the destroyed world. Just like in this picture, Istanbul is being destroyed for the sake of rent. For the luxurious concrete houses overlooking the concrete canal of the qualified population, for whom having enough money is considered sufficient criterion, all living things in nature and nature are being destroyed out of sight, even out of spite!
Let the world live, let Istanbul live! “
However, as the people of Istanbul, we say that we do not need a concrete canal, thousands of new concrete houses, but forests, birds, clean air, clean water, in short nature, to live.
We say that if our country has 75 billion to devote to a concrete canal in this economic downturn, let’s use this budget not for the destruction of life, but for the preservation of life, for the pandemic, for earthquake preparation!
We do not want our trees, lakes, storks and historical values to remain in photographs and paintings! We want to leave all these beauties to our children and future generations!
WE WANT A CONCRETE CHANNEL, NOT CONCRETE SITES, WE WANT A GREEN AND BLUE WORLD THAT WE CAN LEAVE TO OUR CHILDREN…!