Greenpeace Bulgaria: Air Pollution Awareness Project Launched

Written by on November 15, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Bulgaria has one of the highest mortality rates attributed to air pollution. This country is fourth, with 175 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. China is only at the 6th spot. And that is very alarming.

Greenpeace, one of the most famous NGOs in the world, sees it the same way. “When it comes to air quality, Bulgaria is one of the most polluted countries in the E.U.”, it says in a press release.

In order to raise awareness, the organization launched the “Dustcounters” project in Stara Zagora. It is an “easy to use, easy to assemble, do-it-yourself device that allow users to measure the levels of dust and particulate matter near their homes or workplaces”, Greenpeace says.

The campaign began with a workshop for volunteers and activists from Stara Zagora, who learned how to build their own “Dustcounter”. Greenpeace picked Stara Zagora because it is the region with “the worst coal pollution in Bulgaria”.

With this campaign, Greenpeace wants “to encourage members of the public to get involved, and to raise awareness of this serious issue”. The NGO released instructions on how to build a “Dustcounter”, in Bulgarian.

An improved version of the device is supposed to be developed in 2017.

By im.

Photos by Greenpeace

The "Dustcounter" introduced by Greenpeace. Picture by Greenpeace.

The “Dustcounter” introduced by Greenpeace. Picture by Greenpeace.

 

 

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