What is the cost that environment pays for economic development?

As a continuation of the June protests, a round table entitled "Economic development at the expense of the environment" was held in Perlez on July 18th. Perlez is one of the local communities in which the Belgrade Open School has installed a sensor for air quality monitoring, with an aim of providing access to information about what is the quality of air that citizens of Perlez breathe, since the official monitoring does not exist in this town.

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Workshop on the inclusion of 2030 Agenda in the Local Development Plan of Bor

On July 9th, together with a partner organization - Association of Young Researchers Bor, Belgrade Open School organized a workshop titled 2030 Agenda and planning system at the local level in the field of environment, intended for representatives of local civil society organizations. The aim of the workshop was to empower civil society representatives in Bor to actively monitor and participate in the process of drafting the Local Development Plan.

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First issue of the “Sustainable Development for All” Platform newsletter has been published

Within the work of the Platform, a new practice was introduced - the publication of a monthly newsletter, which contains various interviews, texts and reports related to the topics and activities of the Platform. The newsletter is designed to raise the visibility of the 2030 Agenda, and each member of the Platform participates in its creation.

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A call for dialogue and planning for just energy transition to secure future jobs in Western Balkans

Civil society organisations welcome the announced halt to plans for the new Kolubara B coal power plant in Serbia as a first step towards concrete action to start tackling air pollution, as well as decarbonising. They underline the need to support coal phaseout by integrated, timely and realistic plans, involving all affected and interested parties, and to ensure just energy transition. In that way, new jobs will be assured as well as a certain future for the citizens of Serbia.

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We want to breathe

WESTERN BALKANS –  In the past three months, the “Balkans United for Clean Air” campaign has helped gather a network of more than 520 organizations, individuals and experts, with the goal of informing Western Balkans citizens about air pollution’s causes, consequences and possible solutions which could improve air quality.

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RERI and BOS: No significant improvements have been made in the revised Draft Air Quality Plan for Belgrade

The Renewables and Environmental Regulatory Institute (RERI) and the Belgrade Open School (BOS) organized the third round of public consultations on March 23, this time on a repeated public hearing on the Draft of the Air Quality Plan for Belgrade. After the first two rounds of consultations, in December 2020 and January 2021, by organizing the third round, we continued the process of conducting public consultations with the aim of involving the public in the process of drafting a new Air Quality Plan for Belgrade.

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No room for coal-fired thermal power plants and polluting industry in the Western Balkans anymore

Coal combustion is the biggest individual air pollution source in the Western Balkans, with thermal power plants leading the way. Companies that run them and the states in the region do not adhere to the laws on harmful gas emissions. The same applies for other large combustion plants – industrial plants with the largest energy consumption which, besides electricity production, are mainly responsible for pollution. A continued use of coal-fired thermal power plants will make it impossible to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. In addition, the industry faces a financial collapse if it fails to quickly adopt cleaner technologies.

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More air pollution, fewer children in the Western Balkans

Poor air quality is among the causes of increased infertility and growing sterility rates in women and men across the Western Balkans. It particularly affects women living in polluted areas, since air pollution may cause a reduced number of healthy egg cells and thus decrease fertility rates, also lowering in vitro fertilization success rates. Particulate matter PM 2.5 reduces fertility by 2% per 10 µg/m3 in the air. 

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What is polluted air doing to us in the Western Balkans?

Breathing polluted air leads to increased mortality, shorter life expectancy and a higher rate of chronic diseases. At the same time, healthcare expenses paid by the Western Balkans citizens are increasing. Air pollution also causes a growing number of working days lost, along with the number of hospital days. Air pollution reduction is a public health measure which would directly help improve the citizens’ quality of life and health and, indirectly, lower mortality rates.

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Over 20 new local communities in the citizen air quality monitoring network

The Belgrade Open School, in cooperation with local civil society organizations and the “Eko-Straža”, has expanded its citizen air quality monitoring network to more than 20 new local communities in Serbia. The action of expanding the network was carried out during December 2020 and January 2021. Thanks to new sensors installed throughout Serbia, primarily in those environments where there is no real-time monitoring in the state and local network, many citizens can monitor air quality live.

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