Environmental Damage
In War

November 6 is International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. That’s why we’d like to raise this very important issue of environmental damage in war today. 

State Ecological Inspectorate of Ukraine have confirmed atrocious damage since February 24th:

  • 182,880 m2 of soil is contaminated with hazardous substances;

  • 2,365,129 m2 of land is littered with the remains of destroyed objects and ammunition;

  • 680,618 tons of petroleum products burned during the shelling, polluting the air with dangerous substances;

  • 23,286 hectares of forest were burned by rockets and shelling. Some of them may be restored within ten or more years. The others are lost permanently;

  • 7,155,689 m2 of objects of infrastructure were destroyed, causing damage to the environment around them.

At minimum, the value of the damage is 441 billion uah. While the damage to the environment may seem less significant to some people, among peoples’ lives destroyed, this issue is still or utter importance. This is our beautiful land, our generous fields and incredible forests suffering from the effects of war. We’ve all walked on them since we were kids and our own children will, unfortunately, have to deal with the consequences of the destruction. That’s why we want to stress the importance of exploitation of the environment in war.

Here is a list of some of the resources where you kind find out more about the issue and report the cases of such crimes.

  1. EkoZagroza let’s you find out reliable information about the state of air, water, soil, radiation in your ares and other environmental data. You can find it online or download an app on your phone.

  2. SaveEcoBot is the first environmental chatbot in Ukraine. It offers air quality, background radiation, environmental data + map & independent air quality sensors network.

  3. You can also support with your actions or donations organizations that are active in the area. Some of them are Ecoaction, SaveDnipro, Truth Hounds, Stop poisoning Kryvyi Rih, Zeleniy List

More Articles

January Updates on Upwork
26-01-2023

Here are all January Updates on Upwork that were released at the beginning of 2023. See what you might have missed!

How to Learn Your Customer's Needs
25-01-2023

Find out why it is necessary to know your client and their needs and how to learn your customer's needs as a freelancer

Free & discounted IT courses for Ukrainians.
25-01-2023

We made a list of free and reasonably priced IT courses for Ukrainians to learn online professions and build a new career

Що наші фрілансери думають про Etcetera
25-01-2023

31 грудня ми читали побажання команди один одному і переконувались ще раз в тому, які надзвичайні люди працюють в Etcetera.

How to start on Upwork in 2023.
11-01-2023

Upwork has grown rather complicated over the years. Here are three paths you can follow to figure out how to start on Upwork in 2023

Clean your desk day. 3 Tips for working from home.
11-01-2023

Do you sometimes feel like you are always at work? It’s a big problem for many people nowadays. Here are 3 working tips for working from home

Etcetera 2022 Autumn in Numbers
30-12-2022

The year is coming to an end and our team has gathered for our traditional All-hands meeting to talk about Etcetera 2022 Autumn results

Updates for Consultations on Upwork
30-12-2022

During the last month, there were 2 small updates for Consultations on Upwork. Let’s see what changed for freelancers and clients?

4 Basic Communication Rules at Etcetera
16-12-2022

At Etcetera we pay huge attention to communication. Here are 4 communication rules in our work with team members and clients on Upwork.

How Etcetera handles electricity shut downs in Ukraine
15-12-2022

Freelancing in Ukraine has become a major challenge considering. Here is how Etcetera deals with electricity shut downs in Ukraine

7 AI optimization tools for photos & images
23-11-2022

AI offers immense ways to make our life easier. Here are 7 tools that will help you optimize images and photos.

Contract-to-Hire Opportunities Upwork Updates
21-11-2022

Last month Upwork announced a new update - Contract-to-Hire Opportunities. Read about the update and our opinion on it