HOMEPOD proposed an OGP to reduce dust and combat pollution.

Andrei Toma
Andrei Toma 28 Nov 2018

HOMEPOD proposed an OGP to reduce dust and combat pollution


What is the public problem that the commitment will address? 

Pollution is a global and environmental phenomenon and.  it is scientifically proven that influences health. Many of the residents of Iasi, becasue of non-experience would think that we have an arid relief that, in the gust of wind, produces particles in suspension from PM10 to PM25 that are strewn on the streets of  Iasi. 

According to a study, 62% of the roads are exposed and these particles can penetrate deep into the unfiltered blood and lungs, causing permanent DNA mutations, myocardial infarction, respiratory diseases, and premature death. These are complementary to emissions of particulate matter from the industry, as well as from car traffic. 

Recently, a report by H0MEPOD SRL shows that 90 of the sites are not protected, the public is not informed about the particle management procedure and their capture, and the result we see on the streets. Dust is everywhere: in our home, in cars, in electronics and home appliances, drastically decreasing their lifetime, including the inhabitants of this city.

What is the commitment?

Creation of an independent group of civil society specialists to monitor causes and effects, and to provide solutions to remedy them.

These solutions can be as follows:

• Procedures or management to Clear particles in suspension, and a set of procedures whereby education is promoted first and then the law and contravention.

• Some of the measures to improve construction, demolition and transport modes to reduce pollution.

• Creating a commission involved in the planning and implementation of public budgets in sanitation, environment and quality of life in order to improve the execution and maintenance procedures

• Digital and transparent monitoring of procedures to inform citizens about air safety in the area

How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?

The involvement of civil society in monitoring but also planning public resources adds value to the community because:

• When citizens experience a problem in an area, public administration reduces administration costs by involving the community in decision-making, resulting in budgets that can cover city sanitation projects

• Improving air quality in people's areas depends on transparent procedures and platforms that lead to more efficient implementation of solutions, reducing maintenance costs

• As the involvement of civil society in the decision-making process, the public administration will be closer to the citizens, and the image of the administration will increase and will make the citizens feel themselves part of the administration, which will contribute to the efficiency

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?

Consider the following questions:

<span style="color: inherit;">By involving civil society in decision-making procedures and budgetary allocations, a window opens to a transparent, informative and participatory process that encourages good practices, which otherwise will be led by political resources where the party itself protects their interests.</span>

1. Civil society gets rights through active involvement in decisions. This leads to a self-sustaining process in local maintenance and administration, which will help civil society respond to challenges. This adds value to both parties because citizens will feel closer to their city and they will be more active in reducing pollution, creating parks and bicycle tracks, creating social institutions, and when it is a problem, they will fix it more quickly.

• By involving civil society in creating procedures on reducing pollution and improving the quality of life, starting from the fact that all politicians are correct in their jurisdiction, when it comes to transparency in decisions, civil society will bring streamlining procedures, and when production is breached, they will improve rules or legislation to find those responsible more quickly and to increase the efficiency of public administration. 

These procedures are beneficial to public administration because it is a sensitive area, because  improves the quality of life of their jurisdiction, reducing health costs thus protecting also the environment.

This proposal didn't receive enough votes because the voters focused on branding *identity and Design for community rather than fixing real problems.

This shows somehow the local council is closed to partnerships and focuses just on existing relations to protect their personal interests. 

HOMEPOD proposed an OGP to reduce dust and combat pollution
HOMEPOD proposed an OGP to reduce dust and combat pollution

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