Across Europe, the number of deaths caused by air pollution has steadily declined in recent decades. And yet air pollution levels, especially in cities, are still dangerously...read more
According to data from the European Society of Cardiology from 2019, air pollution in Ukraine can cause up to 83,960 excessive deaths each year. Although the government has adopted new legislation along the lines of the European Union in recent years, laws are often not complied with and the authorities do not have enough power to enforce them. Corruption is rampant in the country. Factories built after World War II often still use technologies that have not undergone modernization. Large industrial and agricultural enterprises are usually owned by oligarchs, who take advantage of their influence over authorities and politicians to enforce private interests. In 2014, part of the industry ended up in the occupied territories and is beyond any public control.
Clean air for Ukraine
We support civic initiative campaigns in the cities of Kryvbas and Donbas, where more than 4 million people breathe air polluted by obsolete power plants and smelters. We support their cooperation within the informal coalition and defend activists who face violence and persecution. We have conducted several researches of air, soil and food pollution.
In addition to industrial areas, we also focus on the countryside, where human rights violations - due to the distance from the centers and cameras of journalists - are a particularly urgent problem. Residents of dozens of villages are worried about the growth of the agricultural company MHP. The largest agricultural enterprise in the country is owned by one of the five richest Ukrainian billionaires and an adviser to the former president. Industrial meat production destroys the highest quality chernozem, pollutes the water and displaces small farmers. Excessive freight traffic causes the walls of rural buildings to crack, while the group refuses to compensate their owners.
More information in English and Ukrainian can be found at https://cleanair.org.ua
Our work is supported by the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the National Endowment for Democracy, USA.