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The Serbian people are currently fighting on several fronts to preserve natural resources and clean air.
Belgrade has ranked 1st capital in terms of air pollution in Europe, and 5th in the entire world. In Serbia, 70 percent of the electricity is produced from a poor quality lignite, a form of coal that generates large amounts of dust and ash, and contains toxic substances, such as mercury or phenol. Authorities have also allowed both foreign and domestic investors to burn dangerous waste, such as tires, plastics and toxic oils in place of using natural gas, which is much safer for air quality.
But the problem in Serbia isn’t limited to air, as natural resources, like water, also face dangerous levels of destruction or contamination. This project documents three arenas of environmental degradation in Serbia today: air quality, unsafe drinking water, and imperilled rivers.
On December 29th, 2020 the protest was held against the implementation of a large urbanisation project in the area Makisko polje on the outskirts of the city which could endanger Belgrade's largest source of drinking water supply which is located there. The protest took place before the session of the Belgrade City Assembly which put the approval of this project on the agenda applying urgent procedure.
Železara in Smederevo town, owned by Chinese company HBIS GROUP Serbia Iron & Steel company, fails to introduce measures to avoid air pollution and other damaging effects. There were days when the particulate matter which damages the heart and lungs, the so-called PM10 particles, reached levels up to seven times higher than permitted. These are the official data of the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).