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HEAL Poland raising University students’ awareness on health impacts of burning coal

During a two-day event organized by the Association of Students of European Technical Universities on the topic of energy sources and their development, HEAL Poland gave a speech and led a workshop on health and climate consequences of burning coal.

The conference took place at the Warsaw University of Technology between 8 – 9 December and was addressed to university students interested in key questions regarding the current state of the energy sector in Poland, alternatives to develop new energy sources as well as the latest researches and analysis of Polish policy on energy.

Weronika Piestrzyńska from HEAL Poland gave a 1,5h lecture and workshop on the health impacts of burning coal, which affects air quality in Poland and accelerates climate change. She led the workshop together with Marek Józefiak from the Polish Green Network, who presented solutions for health-friendly energy and prosumer network development in Poland and the More than Energy campaign. All topics were met with much interest from attending students. Although they showed significant knowledge of energy issues, some of the facts about health impacts of burning coal were new, surprising and even frightening for them. There was an interesting discussion summarized by one of the students that the time to act is now, and that we should look for economically viable and health friendly solutions for our energy needs.

The conference ended with a debate entitled “Energy sector at a crossroad” with representatives of Institute for Energy Studies, Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology and EDP Rewenables. It was the second edition of the conference, which started in 2015 and will be continued in the next years. HEAL is hopeful that these type of conferences will lead to a constant and regular level of awareness raising on the need of energy transformation for better well-being and health of the Polish citizens.

Originally posted on 19 December 2016

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