The European Fund for the Balkans has started a new campaign called “Balkans United for Clean Air” to call upon governments and citizens to prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths caused by pollution every year.
Most of the cases of health issues and mortality are caused by exposure to particulate matter which is caused by airborne pollutants from fossil fuels.
The campaign will be realized in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, and North Macedonia. In Albania, the implementing partner will be the Environment and Territorial Management Institute in Tirana. They hope to emphasize regional cooperation as a necessity for the transformation of the energy sector and environmental protection system to improve both the economy and public health.
Over the next three months, the project will focus on air pollution and its impact on public health, mortality, and fertility, pollution caused by big businesses, air quality in the region, and other topics that will help citizens become more informed on the topic of air quality.
Furthermore, participants call on decision-makers to refocus their policies and take “urgent steps” to reduce all forms of air pollution. This, they say is a part of the commitments they made to the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans that was agreed upon in November 2020.
They also opened a call for others to become involved in the campaign.