Turkish legislators unanimously endorsed the Paris climate accord to join the global fight against climate change.
Turkey was the last G20 country not to ratify the landmark accord for five years, arguing that it must not be viewed as an industrialized country.
The vote came on the heels of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement in September, at the UN General Assembly, that Turkey would implement the agreement in time for a UN climate change conference in Glasgow next month.
On Wednesday, 353 members of the Turkish Parliament unanimously ratified the deal.
Climate change has turned into one of the most important problems facing Turkey’s youth, many of whom will vote for the first time in 2023 elections.
Parts of the country are suffering from a prolonged drought too.
Ankara has stated that greenhouse gas emissions in Turkey are lower than the European Union and OECD average and account for 0.7% of world-wide emissions.
According to a British Council-funded report last month as part of its Global Youth Letter on Climate Action, some 95% of Turkish youth believe climate change is one of the country’s most significant threats.