The environmental problems have become an important, and tragic part of human life and communities. The destructions that have been inflicted on the world over the last hundred years originates from the abuses that have been applied to nature in the name of development and profit by capitalist governments. The extent of these destructions has a direct and indirect impact on all countries of the world, so it cannot be looked at from a narrow and national perspective and within a specific geographical context.

With this outlook, we can observe the impacts of biomass destruction worldwide on Iran and East Kurdistan. Forest fires, unnecessary construction of dams, deforestation and desertification and the destruction of lakes and rivers on a global scale testify to this argument.

As a result, the catastrophic conditions of Iran’s ecosystem call for cultural education and all-out struggle to deal with the environmental problems and dilemmas.

On the anniversary of the martyrdom of four environmental activists, we offer our condolences to people of East Kurdistan and the families of Sharif Bajur, Omid Kohnepooshi, Rahmat Hakiminia, and Mohammad Pajuhi, who were martyred in the surrounding mountains of Marivan while they attempting to contain and extinguish the fire.

These martyrs are a manifestation of patriotism and altruism in Kurdistan on a large scale. Each of these valorous martyrs is a great exemplary role model for the Kurdish youth and other peoples of Iran. An important point is to understand the existential nature, and the scope of the influence, of these martyrs in the environmental field of Kurdistan and Iran. These martyrs, through their active participation in the diffusion and establishment of environmental organizations in eastern Kurdistan and Iran, were able to transcend the prevalent traditional close-minded Kurdish and Farsi nationalist ideologies and open a way out of the social-political impasses in Iran. It seems that the existing independent activists, thinkers, and environmental organizations in Iran need to further elaborate the special role and sacrifice of these martyrs for the free coexistence of human beings and nature. Because the sphere of activity of these activists, especially Sharif Bajour, was not limited to Kurdish territory, but to wherever there was a crisis or threat to Iran’s ecosystem, he and his comrades were willing to dedicate their entire lives to the cause.

The geographical and environmental area of Iran has witnessed many environmental disasters in recent years. The consequences of these destructions and catastrophes can be seen directly in the daily lives of the peoples of Iran.

Although some of the problems are related to the natural and organic interactions of the ecosystem, most of them are made by malicious human activities.

Iran and East Kurdistan’s environment is suffering from many environmental problems, which largely are the result of the performance of the occupier Islamic regime of Iran. In this regard, to destroy the ecosystem of Kurdistan the central and despotic government of Iran has not avoided using the weapon. Our nation in East Kurdistan must clearly understand that creating irregular dams and fires in mountains covered with oak trees are not accidental and without planning incidents.

Ecologic committee of Democratic and Free Society of East Kurdistan (KODAR) believes struggling against hostile approaches and actions of government and security forces of the regime needs collective awareness, organizing, and intelligence. In this regard, we ask wise people of East Kurdistan to defend their ecosystem wisely and by relying on their will do not let this cultural and natural diverse land becomes a desert.

Ecologic committee of Democratic and Free Society of East Kurdistan (KODAR)
25/08/2019