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Environmental Movement at Borusan Group

The volunteer platform Okyanus, which Borusan Group established in October 2009 to share its corporate and individual knowledge, skills and experience with local communities, has decided to focus its activities on education, the environment and culture/the arts. It is intended that the projects created by non-governmental organizations contribute both to society and the personal development of the volunteers. 

Within Okyanus’ activities, the “School-Friendly Program” has been launched to support the imagination, creativity and personal development of hundreds of children with the support of the Private Sector Volunteer Association. This program includes raising the awareness of those pupils in need of help in the elementary schools close to the locations where Borusan companies are located, in different areas such as the environment, culture/the arts and vocational subjects. Under this project, volunteer Borusan employees have started training and set to work in the last month. Having showed great interest in the “Environmentalist Penguins Project” prepared to raise children’s awareness of global warming and nature conservation, a large number of Borusan employees completed their training together at a session held on November 7. The next day, “Acorn Collection Day” was celebrated in Belgrad Forest with the support of the Private Sector Volunteers Association and TEMA Foundation and with the participation of volunteer Borusan employees and their families. The participants set off from Kadıköy and Taksim in shuttle buses and their own vehicles and reconvened in Neşet Suyu District. The team included members of the Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association (TURMEPA) and 25 students from Bolluca Çocuk Köyü. Participants took the supplies and got to work following their group leaders, quickly collecting a large number of oak acorns. The reward was the positive energy given by making a contribution to nature. The acorns were then sorted by being dropped into buckets of water, with those that sunk to the bottom filtered out as fertile and planted in pots of soil. Some of the pots were taken by the volunteers for germination, while most were delivered to TEMA. The acorns will be taken care of at homes or offices until the spring before they are planted outside in the soil. Trash found in the area in Belgrad Forest was collected and additional contributions were made to the environment. Another important development was raising the awareness of the environment among those children attending. 


WHY OAKS? 

• There are 18 species of oak spread out across every geographical region of our country. 
• Oak trees protect the soil with a deep and fringe root system, preventing erosion. 
• They increase the permeability of underground waters and provide sustainability by taking the rain water underground and feeding it down to the underground waters, sources and streams. 
• Oaks provide shelter for a whole variety of animals. 
• They feed and regenerate the soil and wildlife with their leaves and fruit. Oaks have ecological, economic and biological value.

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