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.
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/