Most people will hopefully have heard of the protest of Gezi Park happening in Istanbul this summer. This park near Taksim Square is one of the few parks and therefore green places left in Istanbul. Having lived in Berlin and Leipzig which are both very green cities and having been to Istanbul, I can assure everyone that Istanbul is not very green.
16% of Leipzig are green space, 14 % of Berlin are (another source even speaks of 46%). Only 4% of Istanbul were green space in 2009. The government planned to build a mall and to destroy Gezi Park. This and the overall tendency of the government to clear forests in the area surrounding Istanbul (for example for the third Bosporus Bridge) gave rise to protest which were most violently answered by the police. At the time I mostly followed occupygezipics on tumblr. Popular Hashtags were #direngezi and later #duranadam.
New protest has been going on since October 2013 (I think), because a highway is planned to be build in the campus area of Ankara and 3000 trees are to be cleared for that. When I was at Taksim Square and Gezi Park last time during my stay in Turkey, there was a lot of police with their TOMA. I was quite scared, but we had left the place before the protest and beating up started.
Idea: Grow Bonsai Trees from Gezi Park Trees
01: Ausflug ins grüne Leipzig (Text in German)
02: Pflege und Unterhaltung des Berliner Stadtgrüns (Text in German)
03: In gritty Berlin, green space plays a surprisingly large role
04: Megacities und Stadterneuerung, p. 73. (Text in German)