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Turkey: Support the union members fighting to save the forests of Cerattepe

In partnership with the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), a global union uniting 335 trade unions in 131 countries, TARIM ORMAN-IS, the Civil Servants Union of Agriculture, Forestry, Husbandry and Environment Sectors in Turkey, and the Green Artvin Association, that has been working to keep mining out of Cerattepe for 20 years and protect the region against all kind of environmental threats.

People of the Cerattepe region in Turkey are fighting to stop their land from being destroyed by a mining company that wants to cut down the forests and pollute the water to mine gold, silver and copper.

In February thousands of people gathered to protest against the mining plans of the company Cengiz Holding. The demonstration was violently beaten down by police and authorities are threatening union members at the local forestry directorate who joined the protests to be transferred to other regions of the country if they don’t give up. The forestry union TARIM ORMAN-IS has now turned to us with an urgent request for help.

The struggle in Cerattepe is about more than saving the rich forests, water and jobs of people in the region. To save our forests is about saving the climate for all of us and our future generations to come.

Join our action to demand an immediate stop to the mining plans and harassments of union members. Together we can save the beautiful land of Cerattepe from being destroyed forever!

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