Climate Olympics: Turkey needs to score minimum 35%

Europe in transition



Istanbul, October 6 2022 – Travel to Rome, Athens or Istanbul to take part in the Olympic games and at the same time do something good for the climate. Sounds good? You can do so by staying at home and downloading the new mobile phone video game for Android and Apple – Climate Olympics. Along the way you will learn that Turkey needs to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in order to honour its commitment to the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to 1.5C and become climate neutral by 2053. 

Each Climate Olympics player can try ski jumping, archery, long jump, javelin and rowing, and become a winner by reaching a score of 35 or above. Why only 35? It relates to the percentage of emissions reduction that Turkey needs to achieve by 2030, towards becoming climate neutral by 2053 – a declaration made last year at the UN General Assembly. The game is a way to inform the wider public about the need for Turkey to step up its ambition towards fighting climate change at home and in the global context. While playing the game the usual climate jargon, such as limiting global warming to 1.5℃, climate neutral, net zero emissions and setting targets, is explained and put into context.

“The climate crisis is becoming more grave, affecting each one of us. Together we must act to stop the Earth’s temperature rising, and this means reducing gases that heat the atmosphere – greenhouse gases. Each citizen should be aware of what this means and what our policy makers can do about it in a common effort. To this end we developed a game that can explain the usual climate jargon which is often not understood by many despite its crucial importance at this moment in history. We wanted to create a game that will allow people to understand a complex and extremely important topic – climate change!” says Ozlem Katisoz, Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator for Turkey at Climate Action Network Europe. 

Launch of Climate Olympics mobile phone game follows the recent call by Turkish civil society organisations to set ambitious climate targets by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35%. It is also set ahead of the upcoming Climate Summit COP27 in November 2022, when Turkey should announce more ambitious climate targets, in alignment with its commitment under the Paris Agreement.


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Özlem Katısöz, CAN Europe Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator for Turkey 

ozlem.katisoz /at/ 

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