What is this about?
The following map depicts data from the European Environmental Agency’s 2019 ‘Air quality in Europe‘ report, deaths attributable to PM2.5 per one hundred thousand.
Over the last three years, Bankwatch has made a reputation in the Balkan region of demonstrating the connection between burning coal, power plant facilities like open cast mines and ash disposal dumps and air pollution in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.
We have witnessed an increase in awareness about this link and growing community opposition, even some local authorities are shifting the blame on the power plant and its facilities, rather than the preferred traffic mantra.
We want to build up on previous experience with independent air pollution monitoring in the Balkan region and further strengthen the opposition to new coal capacities and to poorly enforced air pollution current measures, by expanding both the geographical scope of our activities – approaching the angle of transboundary impacts – as well as the target groups.
The outcome of the work would be a tight and unified pollution control legislation in Energy Community countries, aligned to the EU one and implementation mechanisms in place that would no longer allow existing coal power plants of the region to endanger environmental and social living conditions.
The race will take place in Bucharest’s King Mihai I Park. The paved course will be one loop of five kilometres with visible markings that will be announced closer to the date.
The exact course route will be made available closer to the time of the event, and will be downloadable as .gpx or .kml file for devices. The map below is an approximation.
You can register your participation here.
Registration is open until Friday 1 November. Participants can collect their race numbers the evening before the race 4 November between 19-21h CET at dinner in the hotel.
Do I have to?
No, participation is entirely optional.
Does it cost anything?
We are suggesting a donation of five euros to help with the costs, and anything over and above will be donated back to Bankwatchers in the form of a party fund.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Refreshments will be provided at the finish line. Running shoes are encouraged but not mandatory. Warm, synthetic sports clothing is advisable.
Is it dangerous to run without prior training?
With a little bit of training, anyone can get ready in just four weeks, check out the following plan for inspiration.
Will the race still take place if the weather is bad?
Rain or shine, or smog, we will run.
What should I do if I have any other questions?
Get in touch David or Ioana.