İklim değişikliğine karşı gizli kahraman: Yeşil Hidrojen

Ağustos ayında yazılarıma ara verdikten sonra yılın geri kalanında kaleme alacağım yazılarıma ilginizi çekebileceğini düşündüğüm bir konuyla başlamak istiyorum. Yaşadığımız doğal afetlerin ana kaynağı iklim değişikliği ve iklim değişikliğinin ilacı da yenilenebilir enerji olduğu için, bu yazımda yenilenebilir enerjinin gizli kahramanı yeşil hidrojen modeline yer vereceğim. read more...

Çevre felaketlerinin riskini nasıl azaltabiliriz?

5 Haziran’da Dünya Çevre günü kutlamasını yaptık ama bir yandan da çevre felaketleri artarak devam ediyor. Bu yazımda doğal afet risklerini nasıl azaltabileceğimizi kaleme alacağım. read more...

Dünyadaki enerji devriminin Türkiye’ye yansımaları

Enerji ihtiyacımızın tamamını yenilenebilir enerjiden karşılamak gibi bundan 10 sene önce ütopik görülen eğilimlerden oluşan enerji devrimi tüm dünyada hızla gerçekleşirken, Türkiye bu değişime tıpkı mehter yürüyüşünde olduğu gibi “iki ileri-bir geri” şeklinde ayak uydurmaya çalışıyor. read more...

Ders niteliğinde bir RES projesinin kurtarılması -2- (Kanat Kazası)

Kandıra ilçesindeki Rüzgar Enerji Santrali (RES) Projemizi neredeyse batmaktan kurtarıp yaşanan tüm zorluklara rağmen yolumuza devam ettiğimizi geçen sene Eylül ayında “Ders niteliğinde bir RES projesinin kurtarılması -1-” başlığıyla kaleme almıştım. Bu yazı rüzgar türbinlerinin kurulumuna başlayana kadar geçen süreçteki olaylara ilişkindi.  Projenin tamamen devreye alınması konusunda sona yaklaştığımız şu dönemde bu yazı dizisinin ikincisini paylaşmak istiyorum.  Bu hafta kanat kazası gibi akla gelmeyecek olayları ve devamında yaşananları anlatıyorum. read more...

Çoklu afetleri tetikleyen sistem arızası: Diktatörlük

1 Ekim 2020 tarihinde 23 STK’yla birlikte kuruluşunu gerçekleştirdiğimiz Afet Platformu’nun ilk dönem sözcüsü olarak gündemimde hep afetler var. Afetleri genel çerçevede doğal afetler ve insan eliyle yaratılmış afetler olarak ikiye ayırabilirsiniz. Deprem, sel, fırtına ve pandemi gibi doğal afetlerden belki de daha tehlikelisi savaş, zorunlu göç ve iklim değişikliği gibi insanların yarattığı afetlerdir. Bunları artıran ve hızlandıran da bir sistem arızası var: Diktatörlük. read more...

'Bu daha iyi günlerimiz' dedirten su sorunu

Bugünlerde görsel ve yazılı basında Kasım ayının kurak geçmesinden dolayı İstanbul’da su sorununun baş gösterdiğini ve yetkililerin bu konuda uyarılar yaptığını okuyabilirsiniz. İklim değişikliğinin etkilerini yaşamaya başladığımız içinde bulunduğumuz dönemde korkarım bunlar daha iyi günlerimiz. read more...

The energy spectrum scale is changing in Turkia

For the last 10 years, I have been emphasizing that Turkia has every opportunity to target 100% renewable energy. Some recent reports reveal that this vision is slowly beginning to bear fruit, albeit with compelling factors. This week's post is about which models for sustainability should be used and what should be considered.  read more...

A lecture-based WPP recovery project -1-

One of the important turning points in my renewable energy adventure, where I first started with solar energy, was the Wind Power Plant (WPP) Project that we set out to achieve in Kandira, Izmit. I will write about the events that took place in this article starting from the beginning of this project, which was the scene of great struggles and continue to write about the rest in the following weeks. read more...

The glowing success of Turks in Germany

I begin my post with the migration wave of Turks who flocked to Germany in the 60s, and of which all their income and asset information was first shared with Germany and I will share my thoughts on these individuals’ potentials and achievements which reminded me of my experiences. This week's post is about them. read more...

A Turkia first: Vending Food Banking

Basic Needs Association, the umbrella organization of food banking in Turkia (TIDER), Oxivo Group and the Kadikoy Municipality have signed for the first time a policy with a more valuable contribution. This week's article is about "Vending Food Banking", which overcomes the social distance problem in the pandemic environment. read more...

A year on from the Cunda Triathlon

It is natural for people to be more pessimistic nowadays when we are experiencing the pandemic compared to the past. In such difficult times, many people, including myself, inevitably try to keep their motivation high by thinking about the beauties of the past. I can’t go without making a mention about the wonderful event organised last year in July, where I, as TIDER, which I founded, carried out our vision to prevent waste.   read more...

An unnecessary and harmful invention: fireworks

At the beginning of July, 7 people were killed and over 100 were injured in the explosion at a fireworks factory in Sakarya. After this grave accident, fireworks suddenly became the agenda. I also have something to say about it. I would like to tell you about the events and observations I have about fireworks. read more...

Energy and water efficiency in the retail food sector

In the period where I was the CEO of KFC and Pizza Hut in Turkia, the last thing I had done with the owner of the brand 'Yum International’ was to open the first LEED certified green restaurant in Istanbul Bostancı. At that time, proud of this achievement, I tried to convey what we did with this KFC restaurant to the whole food retail sector in order to encourage the professionals of the sector, however when we did this in 2011, in the name of sustainability, it didn’t attract much attention. Now, I have shared the same experiences in an article in the Gıda Türk Magazine, the voice of the Turkish food industry. I would like to convey this article with you, my readers. read more...

How did Festtogether begin, and how did the first one go?

At the beginning of 2019, I was very happy when my friends Ali Ercan and Mert Fırat, co-founders of İhtiyaç Haritası (Needs Map), contacted me and said, "We are planning to organize a festival, we want to implement your vision of preventing waste in this festival." In this week's article, I write about how Festtogether came about, how it was organized with the motto, "Eğlen İz Bırakma" (have fun, leave no trace) was found and what happened in this first festival. read more...

Are the Chinese the only culprits of the global epidemic?

I went to China for the first and only time in my life in June last year. SNEC, the world's largest solar energy fair, is held every year in Shanghai. Stakeholders of the solar energy sector from all over the world come together at this fair. In my article this week, I will also mention this trip and will include the internal assessments we need to make as humanity regarding the Covid-19 outbreak. read more...

Towards a new world order

I listed 17 items in my last blog post titled " The things the virus has taught us". The last of these was related to a new world order. After that, I stated that many things will not be the same as before, we have to change some of our habits, order, management style and even our life model. I now detail these predictions.   read more...

Remembering humanity once again with Runatolia

Organized for the 15th time this year, Runatolia was an exemplary organization that once again reminded us all of humanitarian values ​​and the power of solidarity, despite being accompanied by the Idlib disaster on the one hand, the migrant crisis at the border on the one hand, and the coronavirus threat on the other.   read more...

Beyond the 2nd Food Banking Summit

We ran the second Food Banking Summit, the first of which we organized last year, on February 20. I shared the happiness with you previously about getting all the stakeholders together for the first time for the 1st Food Banking Summit in Turkia. In this article, I will convey the 2nd Food Banking Summit, which was held with full content. read more...

YGA Summit and great initiatives

I wrote another article this week about the valuable non-governmental organization called Young Guru Academy (YGA), which was the subject of my previous article. Taking part as a mentor at the summit organized by this multifaceted community of young entrepreneurs focused on the benefits of society was both honouring and instructive in all aspects. read more...

Earthquakes don’t cause death, buildings do

Last week, I wrote an article focused on the platform we established as NGOs, which exhibited exemplary cooperation and coordination in the Elazığ earthquake. In the picture above that we took on the first day that we went to Elazığ, you can see our friends of the NGO volunteers in the main warehouse, that we worked together with, head to head with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In this article, I include my experiences at the scene, what I have observed, and my suggestions for solutions that made me think once again. read more...

Our NGOs write history in Elazig

I would like to convey how our NGOs came together to collaborate in the earthquake in Elazığ. We found a very constructive environment in this formation, which we named “Civil Society Organizations Disaster Coordination Platform” and even set up a website at the www.stkplatform.org link. I will share the common text we have drawn up and the development process.   read more...

The fires in Australia call the world to duty

This is a subject I wanted to write about for a long time. I can’t remain indifferent anymore. Everything that is happening is out in the open. We all experience the effects of climate change differently in different geographies. If there are still those who argue that there is no climate change, they either hold their interests above everything else (which is a lot of these types), their IQ levels are significantly low, or they hit the bottom of the barrel of ignorance. read more...

The last general elections in Costa Rica and what they have taught us

Last autumn, on the 23rd of November, I watched a documentary at the Sustainable Living Film Festival titled “A Bold Peace”, which tells us about the general character of Costa Rica. After the film finished, which I enjoyed very much, everyone moved onto discussions about the documentary. After that, we watched the wonderful mini concert of the "Social Inclusion Band". The magnificent voice of singer Benay Gözkaman, who is visually impaired, was like music to our ears.  read more...

A children's festival and beyond with our TIDER volunteers

I believe that volunteering is one of the indispensable elements for non-governmental organizations. TIDER's volunteers signed onto a great event that once again proved the accuracy of this approach. Here are my notes about the children's festival organized under the leadership of our volunteers and the Ultimate Cunda event that we will put into place with the principle of “zero waste” on July 6… read more...

Our country’s English name should be “Turkia”

It has hosted numerous civilizations, formed of many deep historical layers, consisting of such a rich cultural country, in the most widely used foreign language in the world, our country name actually means “Turkey" (as in the animal) which I find unacceptable. As previously suggested by Ege Cansen, as many countries have ended their name with the suffix “ia”, it is more appropriate to call our country “Turkia” formed by also adding the “ia” suffix. read more...

Human values unite in Runatolia!

This has now become customary every year. At the beginning of March, we ran in Runatolia together with all of our volunteers along with our donation campaign on behalf of TIDER and the participating Adim Adim organization. However, this year we had different experiences compared to the previous years: It was a great organization in every sense, where charity, education, friendship, personal development and sports were all together. read more...

A spectacular start to the first Food Banking Summit in Turkey!

Last week I announced the news of the 1st Food Banking Summit with a high level of participation and efficiency in terms of both quantity and quality. With the valuable contributions of all relevant public, private sector and NGO authorities; We have the honor of taking very important steps on the most fundamental issues such as waste prevention, zero waste, fighting poverty and living rights. read more...

A historic first in Turkey: Food Banking Summit

Following the traditional break from writing over New Year's, I am again with you with the first article of 2019.  A food bank which is at a world standard in Turkey, which is principled and has pioneered by developing systematically, the Basic Needs Association (TIDER), is now presenting the very first Food Banking Summit in Turkey, right after being able to sign onto many firsts. Here are the details of this important endeavor… read more...

Frequently Asked Questions 7

As my agenda is continually changing, I am receiving many new and different questions to answer in my “Frequently Asked Questions” series which gives me the impression that those who frequently follow my blog care to find out this information. The article you are about to read which is the 7th in the series will give an insight on my view of life, TIDER, nature, renewable energy, education projects, social entrepreneurship, food banking and my childhood dreams. read more...

The possibilities of revolution in agriculture with technology

I made a speech at the 2. Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Policy Summit in Ankara, titled “Improving Agricultural Policies to Reduce the Devastating Effects of Climate Change in Turkey”. I would like to share with you my impressions and thoughts about this event, in which I emphasized with the examples of how renewable energy, water and agricultural technologies are important in combating climate change.I made a speech at the 2. Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Policy Summit in Ankara, titled “Improving Agricultural Policies to Reduce the Devastating Effects of Climate Change in Turkey”. I would like to share with you my impressions and thoughts about this event, in which I emphasized with the examples of how renewable energy, water and agricultural technologies are important in combating climate change. read more...

Those running towards wellness worked wonders once again!

Last week, I wrote about the new campaign we launched for the Basic Needs Association for the Istanbul Marathon. This week I will share the joyful and interesting moments I experienced during and after the run on Sunday, November 11, and will also share the link of our donation campaign. read more...

We're running together towards wellbeing at the Istanbul Marathon

For many years, even though I undertook active roles in various social initiatives, as most of you know, in a bid to increase kindness in the world and honorable achievements in Turkey, as the founding chairman of TIDER, I am pleased to where it has come with its increasing prestige and awards it has received. The multi-faceted support we have given to those in need stand out more with the most important contribution which is the Istanbul Marathon campaigns every year. read more...

GFN member TIDER, representing our country to the whole world!

In the wake of a licensing and corporate analysis that stretches out for many years, the world’s food banking network Global FoodBanking Network this month announced that its member Temel Ihtiyac Dernegi (TIDER - Basic Needs Association) will in this area, carry the status of being officially one of Turkey’s umbrella organizations and will help for it to develop to international food banking standards and given the guarantee to benefit from global opportunities. read more...

Greed in the wake of disaster of our neighbour

Last week I had written an article about racism. We are living in a time where humanity is degenerating. It seems the distress is never ending; grudges, hatred and violence have hit all new highs, we feel the pressures of climate change and as a result, natural disasters are increasing. In other words, us as humans are bringing the world to an unlivable state. read more...

TIDER helped prevent waste in Bozcaada and also started a campaign for 115 families

On the weekend of 12-13 May, as TIDER, we participated in the fantastic Bozcaada Running event. TIDER’s volunteers started a campaign not only to prevent waste but to also help provide 1 years’ worth of needs for up to 115 families. In volumes, this means preventing up to 30 tonnes of product waste and saving up to 75 tonnes of carbon being released. read more...

Putting our waste prevention vision into practice in Bozcaada!

The much awaited events in Bozcaada are starting as of tomorrow morning. Personally, I am ecstatic about being part of the best organised marathon that I also enjoy the most. read more...

100% Local solar panels to become free from energy dependence

In order to have a cleaner future in Turkey, as you all know, I have for many years had a dream to spread renewable energy and make it a pioneered entrepreneurial initiative. With the appropriate conditions emerging in 2012, we established EkoRe, and with its 100% local solar panels and its free from energy dependence vision, it gained a “Project Based Initiative’ worth $2.2billion last week read more...

Intellectual redevelopment necessary in order to progress in urban redevelopment!

    Last week I conducted the opening speech at the Urban Redevelopment Round Table Meeting which we had been planning since the beginning of the year. I spoke about my area of expertise at the launch which began at 10am, regarding the most important topic about sustainability which is ‘Ecological Buildings’ read more...

TIDER’s great representation of our country in this year’s Foodbanking Leadership Institute

Turkey’s umbrella establishment Food Bank, TIDER (Basic Needs Association), represented the country in the best possible way in this year’s organised event by the Foodbanking Leadership Institute as they did in last year’s event organised by the Global Foodbanking Network (GFN). We enabled this great representation of Turkey in this event with the delivery of our presentations and by developing a great bond with all the participants. read more...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 5

Years ago I had started the ‘frequently asked questions’ articles in the form of ‘question-answer’.  As the curiosity started to build, it was time for me to start something like this and publish it on this blog about ‘my views about what I do’ along with things that people are keen to know about me. These are the questions that have recently been asked and my responses to them.  read more...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 3

I had previously published the first and second ‘frequently asked questions’ series in the past year, but since then and that time, a lot more have come about. I am publishing another series of these that have come through various channels, either fr om comments on my blog, via social media, sometimes asked to me personally and also via email.   read more...

A Concert Becomes an Adventure

The Harun Kolçak concert held in the first week of April to benefit the Basic Necessities Association (Tider) was a huge hit in terms of the singer’s amazing performance, the colorful guest artists and audience enthusiasm. However, the lead-up to the event was utterly nerve-wrecking and full of ups and downs, as such things often are in Turkey.  read more...

Singapore: a city-state ideal for business

Before traveling to Singapore, I couldn’t really picture the kind of place that awaited me. I’d heard a lot of stories about the country, some good, some bad. Heading there on business after a great vacation in Thailand, I had a raft of questions running through my mind. And I was to find a raft of favorable answers, particularly in terms of business environment and culture. read more...

New targets and hopes for a New Year…

We have recently left behind an eventful year marked by much sadness for our society, but a year in which we have also enjoyed some great successes as we forged ahead despite the uncertain business climate.  In this, the last post of 2016, I would like to evaluate our achievements over the past year and list our targets for 2017. read more...

Creation vs Destruction: The Battle for a Better World

The recent terrorist attack outside a football stadium in Istanbul once again highlighted the horrific contrast between two very different groups: the people working with all their might to hand on a more livable world to future generations, which was the original subject of this post, and the monsters who mercilessly plan massacres to further their dark interests. We will never allow the second group to win this battle.  read more...

10 reasons to run the Istanbul Marathon

The countdown has finally begun for the Istanbul Marathon, which will be run this year on November 13th. It promises to be a high-energy event with some taking part for fun, some purely for the sport and fitness side, and others, like the TİDER (Basic Needs Association) team, as part of a campaign. But the reasons don’t just stop there. As a regular at this international event, I’m giving you 10 good reasons to run the marathon in my blog this week.   read more...

Hand-in-hand helping thousands!

As you know, we at the Basic Necessities Association (Tider) entered the Step-by-Step platform this year and launched our first campaign. As for me, last week I wrote and shared a campaign message both through e-mail and social media about the new Support Market we aim to open with your help in the Bağcılar-Esenler area, where approximately 100,000 needy people live.  read more...

A single salve for three wounds: Support Project (3)

Over the past two weeks I have written about two of the three great societal ills the Basic Necessities Association has been focused on generating solutions for: the fights against waste and poverty. In this piece, I will outline our job placement programs conducted in line with the primary mission of the association, which is to help those in need stand on their own two feet.  read more...

More than just a run…

Ever since I realized that the sport of running is more than simply a run, that it means much more, in so many ways, I have been participating in races. There are times I do it just for pleasure and to socialize, times I do it to push my limits and times I do it for a very special cause.  In this piece, I evaluate different runs I have joined since the year since I embarked on the adventure of running.  read more...

A single salve for three wounds: Support Project (2)

In last week’s blog I dealt with the issue of waste, one of the three major social problems on which the Basic Needs Association (TİDER) focuses its efforts to create solutions (the other two being poverty and unemployment). In this piece, I will be talking about the Support Market, which provides aid in a dignified way to families who lack the wherewithal to cater even for their basic needs. read more...

A single salve for three wounds: Support Project (1)

Run by the Basic Needs Association (TİDER), of which I am founder, the Support Project focuses on solving three of society’s largest social problems by building constructive links between them. The problems I’m talking about are waste, poverty and unemployment. So the Support Project not only matches tons of wasted goods with people who need them, it also connects these people with job opportunities. And we see it as our responsibility to take the project countrywide. In my blog this week I’ll be dealing primarily with the issue of waste and how to combat it.   read more...

Witnessing History at the UN (4)

This week I’m finally able to share some important information as well as my impressions of the historical ceremony held at the New York headquarters of the United Nations on April 22.  The past weeks and months have been so eventful that this final instalment in the series was postponed. I’ll begin by sharing links to the other articles in the series.   read more...

Witnessing History at the UN (3)

Last week, after having been at the United Nations in April for the Paris Agreement signatory ceremony, I was there once again, this time to give a talk. “Transitioning to Sustainable Energy without leaving anyone in the world behind” was the subject of my presentation at the “Agora” event.  My experiences leading up to the event, the exchanges during my presentation and the conversations afterwards made for an enjoyable time in New York. read more...

Witnessing history at the UN (2)

I have already shared in recent weeks my first impressions of being a guest of the United Nations at the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, (http://www.serhansuzer.com/2016/05/07/birlesmis-milletlerde-tarihe-taniklik-etmek-1/), recounting what it was like to enter the UN building and take my place on the balcony. Now it’s time for the second installment of a series of posts on what I believe is a critical subject… read more...

Witnessing history at the United Nations (1)

I was honored to be a guest of the United Nations and a witness at the Paris Agreement Signature Ceremony, an event world leaders attended on April 22 in New York and one that will have historical consequences for the future of our planet. I will share my impressions in four instalments, the first of which is an account of my experiences prior to the signature ceremony. read more...

The Soma Disaster and our first development project

When we set out to see how we could help following the Soma Mine Disaster, the worst accident of its kind in Turkey’s history, we did not yet realize that we would be launching the first regional development project of the Basic Necessities Association (Tider). read more...

Solar energy provides water

In my previous post I mentioned that I had begun an undertaking that would make my grandfather truly happy: an agricultural development project that has given me great satisfaction. It all began last April with a trip to Niğde exploring added value production. read more...

Color Sky 5K Run

A colorful run, the joy that comes from having fun and giving back… I had a memorable experience last weekend, even if it did take some time to get rid of all those colors. read more...

Solar Electric Cars And A Pleasant Weekend Visit To ITU (Istanbul Technical University)

Everyone is curious about the future of automobiles and the transportation vehicles. There’s always a discussion about it. The design cars of the future are exhibited in fairs or in the media and they are shared with those who are curious.​ read more...

How Can Mankind Restore the Balance In Nature and Secure Its Future?

It took billions of years for the Earth to be formed and to have such a perfect ecological balance so that organisms are able to live on it.​ read more...

Energy And Environment: Where Is The World Heading?

In my mind, I have many issues related to each other which I want to share with you. Both energy and environment are huge topics.​ read more...