The Kurdish environmental activist Ok gives a lecture in Bern about the ecological destruction in Kurdistan


On Friday, a workshop on “Ecological destruction in Kurdistan and the fight against it” took place in the climate hall in Bern. The Klimahalle is an open space with workshops, art, concerts, performances, debates, food and more. This year’s theme was “Utopia”. In the three-day event, young people create a space for debate and exchange, stimulating discussions on climate issues and new ideas for a climate-friendly future.

The workshop on the ecology struggles in Kurdistan on Friday in the Reithalle Bern was held by Tuncay Ok. The Kurdish activist, who had to go into exile due to the persecution by the Turkish authorities, spoke about the targeted ecological destruction in Kurdistan.

In his lecture, Ok went into the developments of the past 5000 years and reported on dam projects and the displacement of the Kurdish population, especially since the 1990s. The destruction of nature and culture is a central element of the Turkish state’s warfare. According to the state, Kurdistan should be depopulated.

Ok also talked about opposition to this policy. The ecological movement in Mesopotamia has been fighting against the destruction of nature and for a sustainable ecological society since 2005 and wants to expand its work in Europe, Ok said. After his presentation there was a question and answer session.


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