Publics’ attitude on air pollution in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece

The present work investigates the major environmental problem of air pollution that more or less occurs in the cities, based on publics’ perception. A case study was carried out in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, in order to present and evaluate the publics’ attitude on air pollution levels in the city.

The experimental part of this work was based on a properly prepared questionnaire that was distributed to 153 people (random population) living in different parts of the city (east, west, north-upper city, south-seaside, center). According to the answers of the questioned people, the majority of the citizens believes that smog is a considerable or a quite considerable environmental problem (57.5%), that traffic vehicles are the basic cause for the air pollution (85%), that summer is the time period with more intense pollution (59.5%), that air pollution deteriorates the quality of life and damages their health considerably or quite considerably (87.5%) and that priority measures to reduce atmospheric pollution are the increase of vegetation, the use and improvement of public transport as well as the use of ecological vehicles. It is characteristic that most of the citizens believe that no adequate measures have been taken to reduce the level of pollution (69.9%) and that they are not aware of the policies adopted by the local authorities to this direction (66.0%). The answers to certain questions of the questionnaire between the different areas of residence in the city (east, west, north, south, center) were consistent in most cases and only slight differences were recorded.

Copyright: © Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Quelle: 2nd International Conference 2009 (Juni 2009)
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