Air is the most common asset of all Europeans, probably the only one making them equal throughout Europe – its quality determines quality of life of all Europeans, whether poor or rich, young or elderly, educated or ignorant, EU or non-EU. Problems with this vital medium are similar in most European cities, as shown on the Air Quality Europe map. So - common problems search for common solutions. We propose an approach that unites Europe’s citizens for every breath of (clean) air we can win
Skopje, Turin, Krakow, Dortmund
We are all witnesses of faster development of technology that has not been followed by man’s consciousness, wisdom and ethics. Today, we have more than sufficient evidence that polluted air is health and affecting problem. Do we do enough to prevent air pollution? Politicians will say – yes, we have hundreds of national and international regulations to govern this issue. Do they work? I am afraid the quality of air presents different evidence. Can we do something about it? We can and we must!
Successful outcome – networked citizens fighting together for what they all necessitate – clean air and better health and life quality.
Aim – network of individuals/groups accepting at least part of the proposed measures and implementing them in practice; make a change! The ultimate aim – improved quality of air.
-Representatives of 4 European cities will gather, exchange information on the state of air quality in their cities and try to identify the root causes of this
-We will exchange information on good examples of measures and ideas to be proposed to authorities
-We will discuss strategies and methods of approaching citizens, making pressure to improve air quality
-We will create a web space titled European Coalition for Clean Air - ideas and proposals will be posted, organizations and individuals will be invited to join our combat
-Joint Declaration will be signed expressing our demand for cleaner air throughout Europe, which will be offered for online signature and delivered to authorities in Europe
-The closing event will take place after the debating rounds, in Dortmund, Germany
The project basically targets everyone. It aims to improve air and quality of life to every person in Europe. Pick any target group – and it fits! NGOs, local authorities, international authorities, families, groups of friends, individuals…
We will build a network throughout Europe, we will strive to build a productive and innovative way of thinking when it comes to improving air quality. We do not limit the action into one place, but we go a step further – include different places from Europe, with hope this network to be shared, and to grow as much as possible. We also believe that anything is possible. Even the slightest change is yet a change!
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Office expenses (rent, bills, internet, utilities, equipment, office supplies) 10350EUR; travel and accommodation costs (conferences in 4 cities) 8140EUR; conference rooms (equipment, refreshments, materials) 5000 EUR; personnel costs (the team plus volunteers) 21000EUR; experts costs 800EUR; design 400 EUR; promo materials 1310 EUR; accounting costs 500EUR; unforeseen costs 2500EUR; Total 50000EUR
-At the end of the practical part, there will be a massive promotion action, to reach as much as possible individuals, NGOs, foundations, government authorities -We aim to promote a Declaration to be signed in Dortmund on all social media -We aim to include the media, as much as possible - they should serve the common good -We will have an online petition and it will be spread and presented widely across Europe -We will appreciate and value other ideas in course to help reaching our cause