Balkan demands clean air, a message sent today from nine cities in this region, including Banja Luka, to authorities and the global public, with simultaneous public gatherings organized because of the problem of air quality in the area.
The Center for Environment has also organized a performance giving the symbolic award for solving air pollution problems in Banja Luka. The award was granted to the wind, as it was the reason number of excessively polluted days was reduced to a minimum.
“For many years, and also throughout this season, we have been warning the authorities about the problem of air pollution. Unfortunately, until this day we have not seen concrete proposals or solutions, nor sufficient political will for it. Meanwhile, an ally suddenly emerged throughout the region who was able to solve the problem in a very short time, so we wanted to award him on this occasion. It is the wind, ”explained Tihomir Dakić from Center for Environment.
According to the official results of air quality measurements published on the City Administration’s website, in December and January Banja Luka was among the most polluted cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina with more than 45 days with concentration of particles in the third – the worst category.
Due to the lack of real-time air quality measurements, citizens were not informed of such a situation in a timely manner, nor were they warned to the negative effects and protective measures.
We have been informed by the City Administration that we will be consulted on a new action plan that addresses the issue of air pollution. We certainly hope the authorities will begin to act responsibly to the problems of polluted air. We do not want to see another document that will end up in the drawer as we continue to inhale carcinogens particles every winter. Ignoring such a problem is not only irresponsible to citizens, but also dangerous”, said Nataša Crnković, president of the Center for Environment.