The strong winds and rain (and snow above 1000m in W Greece) of yesterday and today thoroughly cleaned the Air over most of the country, something that was really needed especially in cities like Larissa, Ioannina and many other smaller cities and villages that have been suffering from very bad air quality for several weeks now.
Nevertheless, this is temporary good news. Tonight the wood smoke from thousands and thousands of wood stoves and fireplaces will fill the air again… It is really disappointing to think that our only hope to breathe clean air in winter is for the occasional storm to come and clean up the toxic air that we constantly create around us.
This blog was created in order to help raise the awareness towards all issues connected to Air Quality as a means to help finding solutions to stop polluting the only Air we have. The Greek government must finally consider Air Pollution as a serious threat, which in fact killed 16.000 people in 2016 – twice as much as the EU average!, and take strong measures to start reducing and finally eliminate it.
We don’t have to count on the weather only in order to clean up the air we breathe. It’s up to us to make the right decisions and finally engage ourselves towards a Clean Air Act. The polluters must become the cleaners!