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Gezi Park is a small park in Taksim/Istanbul. The park is separated by concrete barriers from heavy traffic. Living in a metropolis sometimes really bothers people as the city is really noisy, crowded and the city that never sleeps. So they can go there for a walk, have a good time, take a breath freely and last but not least, become more aware of the importance of nature.

In 2013, the Turkish government announced that the park is going to be converted into the mall. After the announcement, particularly young people in Turkey started to express their opinions about the construction via social media, announcing that they will protest against it in some way. It was one of the biggest protests in Turkish history in terms of the number of protesters and the impact on society. The event can be considered from various aspects as it had huge political and social impact in the country.

What kind of world do you want to live in? Do you want to have a say? If so, the keyword is "PARTICIPATE"!

We invite you to check out the first STEP dialogue on the e-participation platform! The dialogue focuses on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs). The 17 goals were adopted on 25 September 2015 as part of the United Nations’ 2030 Development Agenda (titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”).

Campaigner and project coordinator Youth at Plastic Soup Foundation

How do you, as an individual, participate in the life of your community?

I work as a campaigner for the Plastic Soup Foundation so everyday I am staying up to date of all events and things happening around plastic pollution. I sign most petitions of which I believe can create change and support sustainable lifestyles. I talk about it with my friends and family and try to get them involved in using less plastic.

EU28 poll shows that only 46% of youth are voting on the local level and even less on national (43%) and regional (37%). For example, only 34% of young people in the UK voted in the EU referendum. Most common reasons for “not voting” are: youth people think they can’t make a change with their votes; they are not sufficiently informed to vote or the purpose of voting doesn’t address their daily problem; sometimes they just don’t bother themselves with it. Recent evidences show that young people from 18 to 24 are not active in voting but still remain highly engaged in politics, though. How is that possible? Although voting is a direct form of participation and remains one of the most essential one, there are several alternative ways to participate and to be heard. You probably already know some of them:

 

- Signing the petitions;
- Protests and demonstrations;
- Participation 2.0 (online petitions, awareness-raising campaigns and so on).
Even symbolic non-participation can be recognised as participation (for example, calls to leave ballots blank, which were quite popular in several countries).

Members of Let's do it Macedonia (Ajde Makedonija).

Igor and Blazhe are organising activities for waste management in the country and do other voluntary work.

How do you, as an individual, participate in the life of your community?

 
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