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    The main source of air pollution is outdated technologies used in heavy industry - coal-fired power plants, metallurgical or chemical plants.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

            19. 8. 2020,

            In the Dnipropetrovsk region there operate the largest enterprises in Europe producing manganese concentrate and agglomerate for ferroalloy and metallurgical plants (Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant) as well as Pokrovsky and Marganetsky mining plants. The distance between them is: 30 kilometres, the city of Nikopol and almost 120,000 of its citizens who have to inhale industrial emissions. With the support of Czech non-governmental organization Arnika and International Ecological Safety, the project “Nikopol CLEAN Air Monitor – air monitoring project” is realised, within which the activists install public monitoring stations to control the level of air pollution online. How did the activists get this idea and why is it important for the citizens?

             

            Bad heritage

            From the Soviet era, the city inherited two large metallurgical plants – the Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant and the South Pipe Plant (Yuzhnotrubnyy zavod). The Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant is still working, and the giant South Pipe Plant has split into a dozen plants with a lower capacity, e.g. Niko Tube, Centravis, Oscar, Trubostal, etc.

            And in the immediate vicinity of Nikopol, at a distance of only 11 km, there is the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe. All this industry has a direct impact on the air quality and health of Nikopol residents. 

            Eco-digital Nikopol

            In July 2019, as a part of an urban festival “Maysternya mista. Nikopol”, an eco-panel “Problems of the environmental pollution of the Nikopol region” took place. During that, for the very first time, the activists presented the possibilities of a grant competition organized by the Czech NGO Arnika, dedicated to solving the problems of industrial air pollution. At this event, Alexander Karpenko, head of the Smart Environment department of the Kyiv Smart City initiative, presented a station for measuring air pollution levels and realized several hours long demonstrative tests of measurements of the main pollutants. The activist was also talking about the excessiveness of the air pollution, which once again showed how the air monitoring system is important for an industrial city. In January 2020, with the participation of an expert – Maksym Soroka, scientific and technical consultant of the Clean Air for Ukraine project – the activists organized a hackathon for creating a geoportal for Nikopol, including creation of a separate air monitoring map on the city.

            Ecological monitoring

            Since 2018, thanks to the regional environmental programme of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, in Nikopol there are two air monitoring stations from the “Center for Environmental Monitoring”. In December 2019, activist Yuri Babinin installed the first public monitoring station of the Eco City project. According to the team, at the moment there is a problem of a lack of a systematic approach to the implementation of environmental monitoring of air quality, effective and user-friendly interaction of monitoring equipment, as well as data verification. Therefore, the Nikopol CLEAN Air Monitor – air monitoring project aims to create complete and integrated network to inform city’s residents and visitors about the quality of the air.

            Our goal is to create a monitoring system and have an impact on the air quality

            “Our task is to unite different monitoring systems (there are already 3 of them in Nikopol) in a single network, to develop a network of monitoring stations in Nikopol, to engage the citizens through some information campaigns and workshops, to expand the geography of the stations (including the cities of Pokrov, Marganets, Energodar) with the goal of creating a system for monitoring and regular analysis of the air conditions. As a result, we want to get a modern hybrid system for air quality monitoring, based on the principles of qualitative analytics, acceptable threshold data error and real-time measurements,” said Alina Mashenko, coordinator of the Nikopol CLEAN Air Monitor – air monitoring project.

            “We hope that this will help us establish cooperation with the city administration and polluting enterprises. Only by cooperation we will be able to achieve continuous online monitoring of the enterprises’ emissions, followed by reducing it by modernization of the filtration equipment and ecologization of the production. We really hope that cooperation with the Czech partners from Arnika will help us not only expand the existing network of public monitoring stations, but also attract expert support to analyze and process the obtained data, to compile and disseminate relevant operational recommendations for the citizens,” Mashenko added.

             

            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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