Determination of Consciousness and Awareness of the Public in Lefka about the Cyprus Mining Corporation (CMC)
Şerife Gündüz 1, Can Erbulut 1, Behcet Öznacar 1, Mert Baştaş 1 *
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1 Near East University, North Cyprus
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Abstract

Supporting the increase of environmental consciousness with environmental education is always important in order to make healthy recommendations specific to the countries. Aim of this study is to determine the awareness and consciousness of the local community against the environmental pollution caused by the CMC mine by survey technique. 123 participants took part in this research on a voluntary basis. From 1913, the copper mine mineral ore industry in Karavostasi, Lefka was carried out by a Cypriot mining company, Cyprus Mining Corporation (CMC). After it was terminated in 1974 and all the wastes during the operation process were left alone, forming a death valley. In Karavostasi, there are ore wastes, chemical wastes, scraps from the termination of the factory, recumbent between the sea and mine operation and mineral stratum which increase the environmental problems every passing day and polluting Eastern Mediterranean specifically and all of the Mediterranean in general causing an increase in pollution and threatening biological life. Wastes poured into the sea without any supervision during CMC operation caused the region and the beach to be polluted significantly. The answers participants have given to the questions in the survey has shown that the environmental pollution caused by CMC where they live, is the most important environmental problem. Second most important environmental problem was found as water and sea pollution.

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Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.12973/eurasia.2016.1256a

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2016 - Volume 12 Issue 4, pp. 783-792

Publication date: 17 Jun 2016

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