Welcome to our article outlining everything you need to know about the Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut Project and what you can do to help.

What does it mean?

“Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut” means “Keep Turkey Clean”. We like to think big!

How did it start?

Mick Scarsbrook (Mick Amca) has lived in Turkey for many years and spends a lot of time making promotional videos about Fethiye and the surrounding areas.

Mick feel very passionately about protecting the environment and disposing of rubbish responsibly and, being out and about recording videos, was becoming increasingly aware of the scale of the problem in Fethiye. As a result, he decided to make a video about the rubbish problem.

çok şanşliyim benim ilk videom ''Türkiye Bir Cennet'' 20 milyon görüntülenmiş bir yılda lütfen her yerde paylaş 1080 full HD olan Youtube da bulabilirsin, Mick Scarsbrook ara

Posted by Mick Scarsbrook on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The video went viral and attracted the interest of Fethiye Belediyesi Çevre Koruma ve Kontrol Müdürlüğü (Fethiye Municipality Environmental Protection and Control Department). From there, a relationship of mutual respect and working together was born.

Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut - everything you need to know and how you can help
Mick with Mahmut Bayrakdar from Fethiye Çevre Koruma ve Kontrol Müdürlüğü

How did Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut come about?

Usually, people arrange a meal with friends or a party to celebrate their birthday. Not Mick, he arranged a birthday  cleanup in the forest near Hillside Beach Club with friends and helpers from the municipality.

Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut - everything you need to know and how you can help
Mick’s birthday clean up with friends and helpers from the Municipality

Fethiye Times went along to cover the cleanup, held a further meeting with Mick and Kate Topcu (Çalış Kids Club), and Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut was born. The Facebook Page was created, new people came on board to form a steering group, and the project was set up.

What is the aim of the project?

Our aim is to keep Fethiye beautiful, clean and healthy through education, raising awareness, organised cleanups and campaigns.

What’s happened so far?

There’s been a lot going on within the project.

Promoting Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut

Mick is the founder and face of the project and is involved in a lot of promotional activity. He’s been interviewed on Turkish National TV and radio and has also been presented with awards for his contribution.

Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut - everything you need to know and how you can help
Here’s Mick being interviewed on Turkish TV
Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut - everything you need to know and how you can help
Mick was recently interviewed on Turkish radio

Awards

Mick received the 2017 Blue Wave Special Award for his contributions to raising awareness towards land and marine-based pollution.

Special award for Mick at Mavi Dalga (Blue Wave) ceremony
A special award for Mick at the Blue Wave (Mavi Dalga) ceremony last October

Mick also gave a speech and received an award from the Municipality on World Environment day last June.

Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut - everything you need to know and how you can help
Mick, pictured here with his wife, Trudie, after receiving an award on World Environment day last June

Other activities

Various organised cleanups have taken place.

Last September Sam Tucker and Doğan Eraslan spent a morning clearing the rubbish on one of the promontories that overlook Fethiye Bay. The Municipality went along to support and put up new signage. Click here to read the full article.

Working together to Keep Fethiye Clean!
Sam, Doğan, Mahmut and his team working together to keep Fethiye clean

A beach clean up was organised in Çalış last month and once again, locals and the Municipality team worked together to make the beach beautiful again.

Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut - working together to keep Turkey clean
Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut – working together to keep Turkey clean

What else has happened?

A local business owner, Süleyman Akbay, has joined the project. Süleyman is the owner of Oceanwide Properties and is passionate about the environment as well as having a very positive view of social responsibility.

Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut - everything you need to know and how you can help
Süleyman is pictured here with the Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut team doing his bit for the environment on Şövalye Island

The Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut team met with Fethiye Çevre Koruma ve Kontrol Müdürlüğü and their new manager, Hatice Kabak, last week. Ways to work together were discussed and agreed.

What’s next?

Mick has recently launched his “Nominate a Friend and Help the Environment” campaign

Help the Environment ! Pick up a bag of rubbish, post a picture and Nominate a friend or a few friends to do the same. I NOMINATE Melanie Argent and Tanyeli Scarsbrook

Posted by Mick Scarsbrook on Friday, January 5, 2018

Next time you pick up rubbish, wherever you are, take a photograph and nominate a friend to do the same.

We are delighted to say that the campaign has also spread to Dalyan. 

Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut organised activities will take place on:

International Day of Forests – 21 March 2018

Sea Shore Savers with the Çalış Kids Club – 29 April 2018

World Environment Day – 5 June 2018

Watch out for details over the coming weeks.

How can you help?

We need motivated and determined people, who care about the environmet and have positive suggestions and ideas, to be part of Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut.

If you would like to be a part of this great project or would like more information and/or to keep up to date with progress and future events, please visit (and LIKE) Türkiye’yi Temiz Tut on Facebook.

A final word from Mick…

 

 

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