Ukrainian ecologist won one million hryvnias for Mariupol. Congrats!

20.11.2018 - KIEV / OSTRAVA
Congratulation to Maksym Borodin!
PHOTO: Majda Slámová / Arnika

Mariupolian activist and representative Maksym Borodin became the winner of the national television competition „Novi Lideri“ (New Leaders). He received in conversion almost € 32.000 for his project of air quality monitoring in the city. Borodin attends the international conference 'Fighting Air Pollution in the Industrial Cities of Europe', which is organised by Arnika and Ecoaction in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

„On behalf of the Arnika Association, I want to congratulate Maksym. We have known each other since the last summer and it is incredible to see how he keeps improving the situation in the city by his hard work,“ states Kateřina Krejčová, Arnika's coordinator of the Ukrainian project and the Ostrava conference.

In the TV show, which was being watched by entire Ukraine, the participants were trying to get some support for their public beneficial projects. The ecology was not the only domain. There were also many plans focused on health, business, culture and new technologies. Monitoring station would be able to provide support also in other industrial cities like Kryvyi Rih and Zaporozhye.

„I am really grateful to all who supported our project. I have probably never got so many sincere gratulations,“ said Maksym Borodin in Ostrava. However, as he said, his victory is only the beginning of his work. „The victory for the realisation of the project brought also a huge responsibility for those who supported the project,“ he stated promising that all financial distribution will be performed fully transparently.

According to Krejčová, the Borodin's victory can be principal for his city. „Getting the monitoring station is a huge step in the entire campaign for healthy air not only in Mauripol. Efficient negotiation with responsible authorities and managers of the metallurgical factories is possible only on the basis of hard data,“ the coordinator added.

This year, Arnika with experts from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague took samples of eggs, sediments and sand from children playgrounds in Mauripol, Dnipro, Zaporozhye, Kharkiv and Kryvyi Rih. The results of analyses, which will provide a report on the level of the atmospheric pollution, will be published until the end of the year.

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