As the original texts are written in Turkish, English translation is provided for non-Turkish readers. The author apologizes in advance for any and all possible changes and losses in meaning due to translation.
We humans developed a communication methodology by naming specific days to remind us of our failures and negligence. So what comes in to my mind when I think about the world environment day?
First of all regrets, then responsibility! Regrets, because we neglect the space of the next generation by giving topics as environment, safety and health a minor importance.
Regrets, that we talk and celebrate these events but we do not make the message a core aspect of how we live, work and develop our future.
Regrets that we are irresponsible on how we react on harmful actions and do this only then, when it is just too late and human lives are lost.
We have a responsibility that we owe to the next generations. For this reason, when we celebrate World Environment Day we should first put ‘responsibility’ before everything else. We should not end up to say: “If we only knew!”
Happy World Environment Day.