We the undersigned, call UEFA to reconsiderate the preparation terms for the countries receiving the European Football Championship.
Several years of preparation for the Euro 2012 Football Championship have lead to dramatic environmental decline of the Kharkiv city (eastern Ukraine). For example, Kharkiv Euro Preparation Programme (General Infrastructure Arrangement - look http: http://www.greenkit.net/Members/Pe4eneg/Zastroyki/Plan__k_Evro.pdf) provided for renovation of the main motorways of the "Euro 2012 Route".
Nearly every "reconstruction", provided for by the Football Championship Preparation Programme, has eventually turned into destruction of the community landscape. Euro 2012 cost Kharkiv over 1500 trees in Gorky Park in summer 2010, over 900 trees along Prospekt Gagarina Ave. in spring 2011, and 50 trees along Poltavskiy Shlyakh St. in July 2011. The city council plans to cut 300 trees more along Moskovskiy Prospekt Ave. in 2012, also as per the Football Championship Preparation Programme. In other words, one of the official results of the city preparation for the football championship is 3000 cut-down trees.
None of the aforementioned cutovers was preceded by a compulsory assessment of their ecological impact, all of them involved law violations and complete disregard of the popular verdict.
It is worth mentioning that suspended particles are one the most harmful substances in the Kharkiv atmosphere. Their concentration, depending on the season, exceeds normal 4 to 5 times. Such pollution causes respiratory diseases and possesses carcinogenic properties.
Protection of the population from the negative impact of dust lies, first of all, in creation of the "green shield", i.e. community landscape. Kharkiv preparation for Euro 2012 has, on the one hand, ruined the "green shield" of the city and, on the other hand, contributed to traffic jams. Both of these factors will lead to the increase of the general gas contamination of the city.
- We demand reconsideration of the preparation terms for the countries receiving the Championship.
- We demand looking into the ecological issue of the preparation for the Championship and toughening the requirements for its fulfillment.
- In case of violation of the ecological issue, the Football Association must react immediately and demand interruption of anti-ecological job.
- We call UEFA to take Kharkiv negative experience into account and do their best not to make preparations for the following Championships the reason of ruining the environment of the receiving cities.