SPE Travel Log: Bodrum, Turkey [Part I]
The port city of Bodrum is located at the Muğla Province, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. Its proximity to the sand and sea makes it an ideal vacation hotspot, giving its visitors a blend of sunshine and rain, which complements a respective tinge of vitality and tranquillity. Those who want to know more about the place won’t be disappointed, as the location also has a wellspring of historical advent spanning centuries. Today, it basks in the likeness of any other ordinary city by the port, utilising its location and provisions for trade, art, and entertainment.
This isn’t my first time in Bodrum this year. If this log was written during August, it would certainly be the case otherwise. Regardless, my objective remained the same… as I have throughout my trips to various parts of the world before this. I was embarking on a global tour in my capacity as Founder and Director of SavePlanetEarth, doing what I have set out to do since its inception. I wanted to engage in and expand the enthusiasm humanity has in caring for the planet. My approach is a combo of both traditional and modern designs, with the former being the concept of reforestation.
The reforestation (or even afforestation) approach that my team and I are taking prioritises locations that are in direst need of them. So, low-lying island nations and countries that are enduring the most of the brunt of climate change effects are on the top of that list. Turkey was among them, being one of many countries that faced rising temperatures annually — especially during the arid summer months around the region — with temperatures exceeding 40 °C (104 °F). This leads to the occurrence of wildfires that only grew and intensified, and will likely worsen over the years if left unchecked and unprepared for. Heatwaves across southern Europe, fed by hot air from North Africa are a natural cause of these wildfires, the latest of that which ravaged the country’s Mediterranean and Aegean region. Bodrum was one of the areas hit by it.
Fortunately, not only the blazes of such magnitude were extinguished in a matter of days, but perseverance in the face of complicated rescue efforts — especially concerning the cascade of villages throughout the regions — have only limited the total fatalities to a 9…