Polish Smog Alert is a social movement that brings together activists fighting for the improvement of air quality in Poland – a country with the dirtiest air in the EU. The idea was born in Krakow, where strong social pressure allowed for introducing a ban on solid fuel heating. The successes of the first initiative inspired citizens from other towns and cities to initiate their activism . Today we act in most large Polish cities and also in many smaller towns. Not only do we  initiate important changes, but we also influence their shape. The result is a series of anti-smog regulations introduced at various levels. Successes improve the situation, but we are still far from resolving the problem.

Polish air is among the most polluted in Europe. Air quality standards in the winter season are repeatedly exceeded. In some places, benzo(a)pyrene concentrations in the air are several times higher than the safe levels defined in the EU law. The poor condition of the air is responsible for 45 thousand premature deaths in the country and numerous health problems. The main reason for this is the so-called low-stack emission (emissions from chimneys with a height lower than 40m), i.e. coal or wood boilers and stoves for household heating. 

What exactly do we do

Who does it in Polish smog alert

Polish Smog Alert gathers dozens of people active in the whole country who are  grouped in local initiatives.

Andrzej Guła

Leader

andrzej.gula@polishsmogalert.org

Ewa Lutomska

Project leader

ewa.lutomska@polishsmogalert.org

Anna Dworakowska

Project leader

anna.dworakowska@polishsmogalert.org

and in Local Alerts

Kraków

Dolny śląsk

Podhale

Katowice

Zabrze