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Open letter to new Polish Prime Minister on air pollution

In an open letter to the new Polish PM Ewa Kopacz (left), HEAL, together with leading health and medical experts in Poland, call to protect the health of citizens from harmful air pollution in Poland.

On the day when Ewa Kopacz was sworn in as the new Polish Prime Minister, HEAL in Poland sent her an open letter about air pollution and its negative impact of human health in the country.

The letter, co-signed by eight high-level medical and health experts, including the National Consultant of environmental health, and professors of allergology and epidemiology of non-communicable diseases, called to take decisive action to improve air quality in Poland and therefore the health of its citizens.

Air pollution in Poland is responsible for 45,000 early deaths each year, and 97 percent of the Polish population breathe in air that is considered harmful to health by the WHO. Six out of ten of the most polluted cities in Europe are located in Poland.

Co-signers of the letter show how air pollution in Poland not only brings huge individual suffering and high costs for the medical sector, but it is also an obstacle to economic growth, through productivity loss due to illness. According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, air pollution is currently the top environmental worry of European citizens.

The letter expresses hope that the new Prime Minister (a previous Minister of Health in the Polish Government), will put the protection of children and families as a priority, supporting the necessary air quality policy changes at the European level and initiating further measures to curb air pollution from all sources in Poland. This would also answer to the recent local initiatives working to improve air quality, in light of missing national legislation.

Download the letter in Polish here

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Last updated on 22 October 2014

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