“We are very aware that everyone across the globe experiences plastic pollution from excessive consumption and industrial waste that is currently threatening the entire ecosystem, especially the ocean. For the Mediterranean which has a diverse and rich ecosystem throughout the ages – this danger has reached a serious level.” – Mayor of İzmir, Tunç Soyer
The EPICBLUE team is excited to have the support of the Mayor of the Municipality of İzmir, especially knowing how much himself and his team are focused on ecological solutions for the area. It is truly refreshing to see how political leaders such as Mayor Soyer realise that Turkey is a key country for global biodiversity conservation as a result of its location.
The recently elected Mayor Tunç Soyer further explains that more than 8 million tons of plastic waste mixes into the oceans every year. These disposable plastic products and debris are rather left to nature instead of recycling facilities and have become one of the most life-threatening problems on our planet. “We have to change our consumption habits, choose the right materials in the production of goods and make recycling a part of our lives.” – Mayor Soyer passionately explains.
The İzmir Metropolitan Municipality acts with a set vision of not only being focused on the enhancement of people but also the enhancement of nature.
It aims to build a city where people lead a peaceful life with respecting the beautiful surroundings and life that surround them.
“To achieve this goal, we need not only tangible projects but also communication campaigns that explain the problem to everyone while pointing out the solution. I hope that the eco-focused endurance race –
EPICBLUE Swimrun Turkey, which aims to draw attention to the plastic pollution in the ocean will also serve this purpose and I wish İzmir’s unique blue waters to inspire us all to protect what we all so dearly share.” – Mayor of İzmir Municipality, Tunç Soyer
The EPICBLUE SwimRun endurance race will take place 24 July 2021 in the area of İzmir and will not only be bringing 100 to 300 athletes around the world to the region but also our fellow partners such as Plastic Oceans and local NGOs (organisations focused towards the prevention of and the solution for plastic pollution).