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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    The main source of air pollution is outdated technologies used in heavy industry - coal-fired power plants, metallurgical or chemical plants.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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            Public control of air pollution and climate change: the second EcoQuiz on a safe environment starts

            27. 5. 2021,

            What do air pollution in your city have in common with global climate change? It is human activity, industrial and energy emissions that lead to the greatest negative impact on the environment. On May 26, the Clean Air for Ukraine Project in cooperation with the Ukrainian Climate Network launches the second wave of the EcoQuiz. The prizes are two innovative stations for monitoring air quality and microclimate parameters AirFreshMax from EcoCity; the winners will be drawn on June 9.

            Full rules and the quiz can be found here: https://cleanair.org.ua/4548/ecoquiz/ 

            Participants from all over Ukraine are invited to participate in the EcoQuiz. Anyone who answers correctly at least 8 questions about air pollution and climate change will take part in a random prize draw.

            AirFreshMax is the most modern public monitoring station from EcoCity, which can be installed outside the window to find out the levels of air pollution, pressure, temperature and humidity in real time.

            “This time we are playing two AirFreshMax stations, one of which is equipped with a supersensor to study the level of ground-level ozone. These stations are equipped with the new Environment OS, which is even more convenient to use on a smartphone and provides additional information about the average level of pollution in the whole city and the weather forecast,”  – explains Oleksiy Trelevsky, curator of the EcoCity network. Data from almost 500 stations of the network throughout Ukraine transmit information available to every citizen of Ukraine using an interactive map on the website “Clean Air for Ukraine”.

            How to win an air quality and microclimate monitoring station?

            Anyone who wants to get the EcoCity public air monitoring station or just learn more about air pollution and climate change in Ukraine should answer 10 simple questions and subscribe to the Clean Air for Ukraine Facebook page, where the two winners will be announced live on June 9.

            “Currently in Ukraine, the state air quality monitoring system does not monitor the concentration of ground-level ozone, with the exception of a few large cities. And even relatively low levels of ground-level ozone can have negative health effects. Therefore, the development of public air monitoring systems equipped with sensitive ground-level ozone sensors is a priority for environmental safety,” –  explains Maksym Soroka, a scientific and technical expert on the Clean Air for Ukraine Project.

            High concentrations of ground-level ozone are observed in the areas affected by vehicles, metallurgical plants, power plants and thermal power plants, oil refineries, etc.

            “Electricity generation, industry and construction are responsible for 50% of human greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to greenhouse gases, this activity produces other harmful emissions that threaten human health and worsen their quality of life,” – said Oksana Maryuk, Head of the Board of the Ukrainian Climate Network.

            The quiz is one of the events of the Clean Air for Ukraine Project, implemented in Ukraine by the non-governmental organizations Arnika from Czechia and EcoCity from Ukraine. The Project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic within the Transition Promotion  Program, and the National Endowment for Democracy, USA.

            “Anthropogenic pollution is transboundary, it does not depend on national borders. Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for the fourth year in a row supports active citizens of industrial cities of Ukraine in the fight against air pollution, which is currently one of the main health risks worldwide,”  – says Marcela Cernochova from Arnika.

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            Notes:

            The Clean Air for Ukraine Project was founded in 2018 and aims to unite citizens and public initiatives of industrial cities affected by air pollution, and to promote public campaigns. https://cleanair.org.ua 

            Arnika (Czechia) is one of the largest non-governmental environmental organizations in the Czech Republic, established in 2001. Arnika brings together people who want a better environment. We believe that natural wealth is not only a gift, but also a duty to preserve it for the future. We base our activities on three pillars: public involvement, professional arguments and communication. https://arnika.org/en   

            EcoCity (Ivano-Frankivsk) is a team of technical experts on public air quality monitoring in Ukraine. EcoCity manufactures  monitoring stations available to the public and coordinates the all-Ukrainian website to inform the public about the level of pollution and air quality in Ukraine. https://eco-city.org.ua

            The Ukrainian Climate Network is the largest association of non-governmental organizations in Ukraine that cooperate to realize the right of citizens to live in a safe environment due to the threat of global climate change. https://ucn.org.ua/

            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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