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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    The main source of air pollution is outdated technologies used in heavy industry - coal-fired power plants, metallurgical or chemical plants.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
    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

      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

        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 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.

        *By filling out and sending this form, you consent to the storage and processing of your personal data in accordance with the laws of Ukraine. We promise that the data provided will not be passed on to "third parties" and will not be used for purposes other than the implementation of the Clean Air Coalition and its partners.

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            Kryvyi Rih – the Steel Heart of Ukraine

            30. 9. 2017,
            Kryvyi Rih – the Steel Heart of Ukraine
            Kryvyi Rih - the Steel Heart of Ukraine

            Situated in the Dnipropetrovsk region, the city of Kryvyi Rih is almost 100 km long but only 20 km wide and is considered to be the longest city in Europe. It is also called “the steel heart of Ukraine.” Historically, the city has been connected with metallurgy and iron mining. In 1934, the Kryvorizhstal complex (Kryvyi Rih Metallurgical Works) was built. The plant was privatized for the first time in June 2004 and then sold in June 2005 to the global company Mittal Steel. In 2007, the plant was renamed ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih.

            The steel giant

            Currently, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is the largest metallurgical complex in Ukraine with a full metallurgical cycle. Exporting to more than 160 countries, Ukraine was the world’s sixth largest steel exporter in 2016, making steel production crucial for employment in the region, and for its overall economy. The main products of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih are rebar and wire rod from ordinary and light alloyed steels, sinter, concentrate, coke, pig iron, steel, section and shape-rolled products. Production in ArcelorMittal steelworks has a tremendous impact on the environment of the city of Kryvyi Rih and the entire region. While there are other big companies operating in the city, such as Metinvest, the Evraz mining company, and Heidelberg Cement, the biggest polluter remains ArcelorMittal.

            According to the Ukrainian environmental organization Ecoaction, air pollutant emissions (especially CO, NO2, SO2 and dust) in 2015 amounted to 268,300 tonnes, which is about 40% of the total emissions from stationary sources in the Dnepropetrovsk region. The greater part of the equipment is obsolete. Some of it has already been decommissioned, but as the plant has not undertaken all necessary environmental measures, the number of emissions increased.

            Stop poisoning Krivyi Rih!

            “The point came when the numbers for oncological and tuberculosis disease in Kryvyi Rih became alarming for us,” says Elena Shafranova, the lawyer and resident of Kryvyi Rih and adds: “We wanted to inform people about the environmental situation in our city on both local and national levels.”

            Recently, Shafranova became the coordinator and spokesperson of the newly established coalition named “Stop poisoning Krivyi Rih” (Досить труїти Кривий Ріг / Dosit truiti Kryvyi Rih). To date, this coalition brings together more than 10 local NGOs which focus on the environment, security, social issues and public participation in decision making. Local businessmen from the International Business Association are involved, along with several lawyers and professional environmentalists. Elena decided to participate in the work of the coalition in the same way as her colleagues: in her free time on a voluntary basis. Most of the activists had come together earlier during a campaign to establish an Intercity train connection between Kyiv and Krivyi Rih.

            Another founder of the coalition, Julyi Morozov, is the head of the community and social centre for cultural activities for young people Shelter+ NGO. “I didn’t start out as an environmental activist. I was focused more on social issues. But I understand how crucial the problem of air pollution is for this city and its residents, so I decided to participate,” he says. Successes came soon and nowadays the coalition Stop poisoning Krivyi Rih is one of the most progressive local movements in Ukraine.

            Public protests for clean air

            In November 2016, the coalition organized the first demonstration demanding reduction of emissions: around 200 people took part and they blockaded an ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih bridge for half a day. After the blockade, Arcelor Mittal started to pay attention to public demands and signed a memorandum on setting up a working group of 20 people from the coalition and 10 people from ArcelorMittal. This allows local people to monitor whether Arcelor carries out environmental measures, and they also gained access to the plant itself.

            The declared goals of the coalition are to reduce emission through modernization, replacing obsolete technologies by 2020, to oversee the modernization of the plant and to ensure independent monitoring as the activists consider the official data unreliable.

            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


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