At the end of September, Climate March eco-action took place in Kharkiv downtown next to the Shevchenko monument.
The event participants spoke out against airborne contamination from factories and car exhausts as well as for the preservation of trees in the city. About 20 people took part in the event.
The activists held posters with inscriptions reading: “Climate has changed, change your habits,” “First goes one apricot tree, then a park,” “Stop cutting down parks.”
According to event organizer Iryna Kravchenko, the march aims to draw Kharkiv residents’ attention to the effects of climate change in the city and to demand local authorities take appropriate actions described in the march resolution.
The participants collected signatures under a list of requirements, including:
- performing a complex ecological examination of the general plan of the city as well as city buildings and constructions on environmental harm and expediency of their operation;
- allocating funds for environmental protection measures when planning the municipal budget;
- installing electronic air monitoring stations in all Kharkiv districts with 24-hour online access.
The event was initiated by representatives of Green Kharkiv and “Where is the tree, Kharkiv” NGOs.
Later the eco-activists issued their demands to the city council.
On the same day, the Climate March, organized by the Ecodia NGO, took place on Mykhailivska Square in Kyiv. About 300 people took part in the event. Similar actions were held in other Ukrainian cities: Mykolayiv, Chornomorsk, Lviv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Rivne, Voznesensk, Uzhhorod, Khmelnytsky, Kropyvnytskyi, Kamyanske and Manyava.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Green Kharkiv