Following the report of the European Environment Agency (EEA), Poland is among the most polluted European countries (mostly with PM2,5 and PM10 dusts and benzopyrene). The aim of the project is to establish the Smog Alarms Academy – the initiative assuming support and development of civic initiatives functioning as part of the Polish Smog Alarm and new civic groups acting in favour of improvement of air quality in Poland. Today in the Polish Smog Alarm there are approximately 50 groups. The project will contribute to the network development, strengthening those groups and building support of a strong civic community focusing on the issue of air protection.
By dint of the Smog Alarms Academy, people in the Local Smog Alarms will receive support in the form of:
– capacity to take part in regular trainings and workshop meetings;
– capacity to take part in coordinated happenings;
– capacity to use the anti-smog and legal advice bureau;
– access to anti-smog activist guidebook.
In the long run, by establishing the Smog Alarms Academy, the project will contribute to solving the problem of a dramatic air quality in Poland and thus to increasing the importance of the air pollution issue through coordinated and intensified activities in mass media. Through the project, we want to increase the access to information on air pollution and through substantial strengthening of local groups engaged in air protection we will be able to disseminate our impact on a domestic, regional and local anti-smog policy.
The partners in the project are as follows: Frank Bold Foundation and the Małopolskie Voivodeship. The Frank Bold Foundation is an NGO specialising in ecology and legal matters. Małopolskie voivodeship – in Małopolska the first anti-smog resolution has been adopted being a role model for the next 12 voivodeships. This experience is going to be used in the project.