Destruction, air pollution and government policies… Where do you stand or are you taking a nap?
European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced in their “Air Quality in Europe 2013” report that 90% of the urban population within the European Union is exposed to one of the most damaging air pollutants and that the levels in which that damage can be caused to our health is lower than once it was believed.
Turkey is still not in the EU, however the finding of the EEA’s report still applies to the country I was born in. Furthermore in 2012 The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) concluded that the level of air pollution was one of the highest out of the 36 countries that took part in the Better Life Index.
What does not make sense is the fact that compulsory “environmental impact assessments” for new projects had their rules changed. For instance, an area that would have been defined as a forest previously is now considered “not forest” or it can be classified under the new heading of “forests that won’t benefit from protection”.
Environmental policies were one of the reasons why thousands of people were protesting during the Istanbul Riots in May/June 2013 including myself. The GP-5 Soviet Russian Gas Mask in these photographs was not the one I have used to protect my respiratory system but an eBay purchase to be used in this photo-shoot inspired by the events.