Green Wave, the radio show produced by the Env.net Team in TEMA Foundation is now sponsored by Env.net for the comingfive months. August, 4th was the 11th broadcast of the series.
This week on Green Wave we talked about the first and only Cheese Museum, the Eco-museum Zavot in Kars, a Turkish city bordering both Armenia and Georgia. Our guest İlhan Koçulu, the co-president of Boğatepe Environment and Life Association and also the founder of the Eco-museum Zavot, explained how culture shaped the locals’ everyday life including how they founded the museum. Given the geographical location of the city, cheese making has become a cultural heritage to the region. However, due to lifestyle changes, environmental impacts and contemporary cultural influences cheese making heritage is diminishing, as the varieties of produced cheese have reduced significantly. To protect this cultural heritage unique to the region, Koçulu and the Association founded the museum, which attracted numerous sociologist and anthropologists but also was appreciated and supported locally and nationally.
His passion for preserving cheese making rituals as a part of the regional cultural heritage has affected our audience, but also us as the Env.net Team. We are looking forward to hear about similar social and cultural initiatives in the near future.
For further information on the museum: http://www.peynirmuzesi.org/
The podcast of the broadcast (in Turkish) can be listened at the following link: http://acikradyo.com.tr/podcast/146875