PEN AND SCIENCE FOR CHANGE MOVEMENT CONTINUE TO MEASURE AIR POLLUTION.
Due to the lack of institutional transparency, we are trying to “democratize air” through air pollution measurements and mobilization activities. We believe that the air in Kosovo is “corrupt,” because Kosovars have no idea what they breathe, they are not informed at all about the health hazards and how to protect themselves from pollution; and because there is no proper institutional support.
Surprisingly enough, the air – this common good – which is often used as a symbol of freedom (which is another common good we all enjoy), has turned into a symbol of deadly poison. Freedom cannot be complete without democracy, and democracy today is facing crisis – which is reflected in political, social and economic crisis – but also in the existing environment in Kosovo. Thereby, “air democratization” is no less important than the democratization of politics, the economy and so on.
We will continue to look into air pollution in Prishtina. If the situation does not improve and if the institutions continue to be silent towards this alarming situation by not taking concrete and immediate measures, the activists will organize other protests in the upcoming weeks.