Within the scope of Improving Air Quality and Raising Public Awareness in Cities (CityAir) Project, the first of the “Air Quality University Awareness Seminars” was hosted by the Izmir Advanced Technology Institute. At the first seminar, which was attended by university students from Aydın, Denizli, İzmir, Manisa, Muğla and Uşak and held online due to the pandemic, all details regarding air quality from global to local level were shared.
The first of the “Air Quality University Awareness Seminars” that are organized within the scope of the “Improving Air Quality and Raising Public Awareness in Cities (CityAir) Project”, which is funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey and implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, was hosted by the Izmir Advanced Technology Institute.
Özyürek: ‘‘We are working to leave a clean future for our young people’’
During the seminar, which was held with more than 200 students from faculties and departments, especially the Environmental Engineering Department, of universities in CityAir provinces of Aydın, Denizli, İzmir, Manisa, Muğla and Uşak, Nazan Özyürek, Head of Air Management Department of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, made the opening speech. Speaking about the emission inventory and awareness studies carried out within the scope of the CityAir Project, Özyürek said, “We as the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization are monitoring the air quality of cities through 330 measurement stations in Turkey. The data we have obtained is of great importance in improving air quality. We are working without stopping to leave a clean future for our young people”
Prof. Dr. Alper Ünal: ‘’Global pandemic reminded once again the importance of air quality to all humanity’’
Ünal: ‘Stating in a detailed presentation titled “Air Pollution from Global to Local Scale: Difficulties and Opportunities”, he said that air pollution is the environmental problem that threatens human health the most, so science, politics and the public should come together to develop solutions for a sustainable improvement in air quality. This is the basis of the CityAir project. We reveal the sources causing air pollution with scientific data and we share the results with the Ministry, municipalities and decision makers and carry out awareness studies in the society”.
Addressing that in determining measures to be taken against air pollution, many parameters such as economic situation, industry, population and demands in the field of transportation should be taken into consideration, Ünal said; “the important thing is to achieve a sustainable improvement in air quality with economically and socially applicable measures. After the scientific data obtained in the CityAir Project, we will explain comprehensive information such as which polluting sources are more important for the cities within the scope of the project, and what kind of solutions we propose for these cities”.
Saying that the global pandemic reminded the importance of air quality to all humanity once again, He continued as, “Air pollution is a pollution that affects a society as a whole and is constantly and unconsciously exposed. The effects of air quality on human health have been discussed for many years, but today, the health effects of air pollution have been clearly demonstrated by many scientific studies. Millions of people die every year in the world due to diseases caused by air pollution”.
In the Air Quality University Awareness Seminar, general information and communication studies were also shared within the scope of the CityAir project. CityAir project team leader Dr. Hüseyin Özdemir, in his General Information Presentation, drew attention to the importance of the emission inventory studies carried out within the scope of the CityAir project and also mentioned the awareness studies implemented in cooperation with the United Nations and the European Union. Afterward, Seçil Şendağ, Project Communication Coordinator, made a presentation. Şendağ talked about the communication activities carried out within the scope of the project and touched upon the activities carried out on a global scale, especially World Environment Day, World Clean Air Day and European Mobility Week.
In the last part of the seminar, which was organized with the participation of students from Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Dokuz Eylül University, Ege University, İzmir Kâtip Çelebi University, İzmir Advanced Technology University, Manisa Celal Bayar University, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Pamukkale University and Uşak University, as well as faculty members and representatives attended, project representatives answered questions from students.