"What we know about smog? Informing about air pollution in Poland "- seminar
Poland is the country with the highest air pollution in the European Union. For this reason, each year about 43 000 inhabitants and residents of our country die prematurely. Breathing heavily polluted air increases the risk of cancer, asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, frequent respiratory infections, myocardial infarction, hypertension, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, infertility, preterm labor or even the death of the fetus.
Is Polish society is aware of this problem? How to inform the residents of the most contaminated regions of Poland? How to act in the event of extremely high pollution? Do Polish people are able to protect themselves from the impact of air pollution? How to take care of better informing citizens about air pollution?
During the seminar which will take place on February, 3 2016 in Katowice, together with invited speakers and experts we will present a comprehensive assessment on how to inform the public about the high air pollution in the four provinces with the highest concentrations of pollutants: Lesser Poland, Silesia, Lower Silesia and Lodz area. The debate on the recommendations, the implementation of which would bring significant improvements in access to information on air quality in Poland will close the seminar.
The event is a part of the project . "INFOAIR - access to information on air pollution", implemented under the program "Citizens for Democracy", financed from the EEA funds. The seminar is a non-profit, and admission is free.
Each seminar participant will receive a report, "What do we know about the smog? Informing about air pollution in Poland. " The report summarizes actions taken by municipalities, marshals' offices, regional environmental inspectorates, regional emergency management centers and the Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection to provide information on air pollution. It also includes the results of public opinion polls on the knowledge of the Polish society about the air pollution. One can find there also good practices on broad information on smog (including Polish), and a set of solutions that can improve the access of citizens to information on air pollution.