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    Petition "Clean Air in Ukraine"

    Before signing this petition, try to hold your breath for 5 minutes. Have you tried? Easy?

    Addressees of the petition:
    Parliament of Ukraine Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management
    Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources
    Ministry of Health
    Regional state administrations, regional councils, local governments

    Atmospheric air remained the only free natural resource. The composition of any product and information about its manufacturer is provided on the packaging of this product. So you can quickly understand what you are planning to put in your mouth. We consume air every minute, but we have no idea about its composition. We are forced to consume it as it is in our cities.

    We do not have the ability to choose air quality, we are limited in this choice, although we have the right to know about its composition, because it directly affects our health and life.
    Humans are different from other living beings on planet Earth because they have a choice. Air quality depends on our choice today.

    Air pollution is one of the key threats to the environment and human health of present and future generations. According to the World Health Organization, polluted air can lead to premature death and cause birth defects in infants.

    The main source of air pollution is outdated technologies used in heavy industry - coal-fired power plants, metallurgical or chemical plants. The example of the EU shows that change is possible and that the economy can be greener and more accountable to citizens. At present, we are forced to pay for the profits of several industrial oligarchs for the health of millions of people.

    Don't choose between air pollution and health, choose clean air and demand with us:

    1. Develop and implement an updated independent, reliable system of integrated state air monitoring.
      Concentrate monitoring management in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources with adequate funding. The results of monitoring should be published in the public space (Internet) in the form of primary data, as well as averaged over observation stations, zones and agglomerations. Develop and implement a system of operational warning, warning and regulation of smog.
    2. Introduce an open register of permits.
      The current procedure for obtaining permits for pollutant emissions is outdated compared to the current procedure for environmental impact assessment and access to related information. At present, the procedure for placing information contained in emission permits by enterprises is not legally established and regulated. Such a gap significantly restricts everyone's right to free access to environmental information, as required by the Aarhus Convention, and limits the opportunities for citizens to participate in environmental decision-making.
    3. Update environmental decision-making procedures
      The results of air monitoring should be the basis for issuing emission permits, reviewing and revoking permits and developing air quality control measures.

    Petition authors:
    Clean air for Ukraine www.cleanair.org.ua
    Anna Ambrosova - Stop poisoning Kryvyi Rih
    Iryna Pirohova - All-Ukrainian Ecological League, Zaporizhia
    Maksym Soroka - expert on air pollution, Dnipro
    Olesya Kramarenko - Dzyga, Zaporizhia
    Olena Shafranova - PravoE, Kryvyi Rih

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      10 tips for health

      The most crucial thing when staying in areas with polluted air is to protect one's health. In the event of a smog situation, reduce outdoor activities. It is a matter of course to exclude any sport or outdoor games for kids. Do not ventilate excessively. Wearing a mask can protect you against fine particles.

      But how can one recognize a critical smog situation? That's a problem here.

      In European Union countries, the state provides continuous air quality measurement, whereas in Ukraine, responsibility is scattered across different authorities, and the information is usually unavailable to the general public. Ask at your municipality and demand that the city ensures air monitoring.

      Along with access to information, it is essential to enforce progressive legal rules and demand that industrial companies invest part of their profits in the modernization of obsolete technologies and observe the limitations in force. This is exactly what public organizations do in almost every industrial city. And you can support the initiative in your municipality.

      1) Regularly follow the quality of air in your city on the website cleanair.org.ua.

      2) In the event of severe air pollution, reduce outdoor activities to a minimum.

      3) Reduce airing and the opening of windows. Ventilate for just a short time.

      4) If you feel any health problems, do not postpone visiting your doctor and asking for a medical report.

      5) Consider installing an AirFreshMax station. The more stations that are utilized, the more accurate the data on air quality will be.

      6) Don't burn grass and leaves. Do not light an open fire.

      7) Do not use poor-quality coal for heating, and do not incinerate waste in a heater.

      8) Join the petition "Clean Air in Ukraine".

      9) Ask the municipality of your city to inform the citizens and solve the problem.

      10) Support environmental non-governmental organizations based in your city.

        Check your air with AirFreshMax monitoring station:

        AirFreshMax is a new generation air pollution monitoring station based on the "citizen science" concept, which is becoming popular all over the world. Where the state doesn't fulfil its responsibilities, citizens assume responsibility and do what needs to be done.

        The AirFreshMax air quality monitoring station is a device that allows monitoring and recording of the state of the ambient air, namely indicators of temperature, humidity and dust concentration PM2.5 and PM10 in real time. In addition to dust microparticles (PM2.5 and PM10), AirFreshMax monitors the concentration of carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ammonia (NH3), ground-level ozone (O3) and volatile organic compounds (TVOC, VVOC).

        The AirFreshMax monitoring station was developed by experts from Ukrainian NGOs and is manufactured directly in Ukraine as part of social entrepreneurship. The AirFreshMax monitoring station is an improved version of the Oxygen station and provides an opportunity for every citizen to assess the content of the most common substances dangerous to human health in the air.

        The functionality of the device will allow not only to obtain real-time data on air quality, but also to accumulate large data for assessment and forecasting of pollution indices and risks to public health, using a personal account on the site eco-city.org.ua.

        This and other air quality monitoring devices are manufactured and tested by EcoCity experts in their own workshop. Production time is on average 1 week from the moment of the order (production, testing, calibration). After receiving, you can activate and configure the device using the manual on the site eco-city.org.ua. The station is powered by a standard USB adapter (5V 2A) that comes with the device. The length of the power cable is 7 meters.

        Use this form to order the equipment. The message will be sent to both the Clean Air team and the EcoCity team. We will then contact you by e-mail to confirm the order.

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            SPKR: Environmental bills of the fourth session of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

            16. 10. 2020,

            Within the framework of the “Clean Air for Ukraine” project, changes in legislation are being closely monitored. The public organization “Stop poisoning Kryvyi Rih” continues to be an active non-governmental organization in the regions providing information about updates, comments, and suggestions on relevant legislative acts and materials for press releases.  

            On September 1, 2020 the Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada was issued, which approved the agenda of the fourth session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the 9th convocation, which lasts from August 2020 up to January 2021. This resolution contains a list of questions prepared for consideration during plenary sessions, including some issues that require additional preparation and refinement.

            SPKR (“Stop poisoning Kryvyi Rih”) has studied the agenda and is informing colleagues about environmental bills that have already entered the session hall, or the ones that should be expected there in the near future.

            During the plenary sessions it is planned to consider, in particular: the draft law on the restriction of the circulation of plastic bags on the territory of Ukraine; the draft law on amendments to the law of Ukraine “On Atmospheric Air Protection” regarding the obligations of enterprises, institutions, organizations, and citizens — business entities that emit pollutants into the atmosphere; the draft law on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine concerning the implementation of European principles of the modernization of Ukrainian industry; the draft law on electrical and electronic equipment waste; the draft law on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine concerning the protection of aquatic bio-resources and their habitats; the draft law on batteries and accumulators, etc.

            However, there are a number of bills that were not included into the agenda of the fourth session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the 9th convocation on the basis of the Verkhovna Rada’s decision. Here are some of them:

            – the draft law on amendments to certain laws of Ukraine on improving the state regulations in the spheres of pesticides and agrochemical management — amendments are envisaged to the laws of Ukraine: “On pesticides and agrochemicals”, “On insurance”, and “On licensing of certain types of economic activities subject to licensing”;

            – the draft law on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine (concerning the protection of fauna and flora under international agreements) — it is proposed to improve measures to strengthen the protection of fauna and flora, according to international environmental agreements, which will help bring the Ukrainian legislation in line with international agreements on the protection of fauna and flora, and to strengthen the protection of areas and subjects of the nature reserves as well;

            – the draft law on amendments to certain laws of Ukraine on the prevention of adverse effects of air pollution on the health of population, with the purpose being to reduce the level of air pollution and the noise levels in the cities of Ukraine, prevent morbidity, reduce mortality rates, and increase life expectancy by the introduction of temporary restrictions on the movement of heavy vehicles on the territory of cities whose population exceeds 250 thousand people;

            – the draft law on amendments to certain legislative acts (concerning the preservation of soil fertility) – amendments are envisaged to Articles 52 and 53 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences and Articles 239 and 254 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, which increases liability (increased fines) for damage and pollution of agricultural and other lands, violations of land usage rules, and the wasteful use of land;

            – the draft law on amendments to the Code of Ukraine on administrative offences to improve the state of the environment — it is proposed to amend Article 77.1, “Unauthorized burning out of vegetation or its remaining balance” and Article 141, “Violation of the rules of protection of the right-of-way” of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences, giving the right to authorized officials of internal affairs bodies (the National Police), public inspectors for environmental protection, public forest inspectors, state inspectors of agriculture, departmental employees, rural fire protection bodies and members of voluntary fire brigades (teams), and fire-fighting associations of citizens to draw up protocols on relevant administrative offences (amendments to Article 255 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences). The right to consider cases of administrative offences under Article 77-1 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences is, according to the draft, additionally proposed to be provided to administrative commissions (amendments to Article 218 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences) and executive committees (executive bodies) of village, settlement, and city councils (amendments to Article 219 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences).

            Clean Air for Ukraine

            This project is led by a non-governmental organization Arnika (Czech Republic) in cooperation with local civic initiatives in industrial towns of Ukraine with financial support from the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the National Endowment for Democracy (USA). You can find more information about our activities and possibilities of involvement or share your thoughts with us by sending a message to info@cleanair.org.ua.

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