While addressing the urban heat island and heat stress in Ljubljana is a central focus of the project, it's important to recognise other environmental challenges in the city. One of these challenges is improving air quality. The Municipality of Ljubljana has followed the latest urban environmental trends by closing Slovenska Street and other downtown areas to personal motorised transit traffic. This initiative has enhanced the living environment for residents by improving air quality and reducing noise pollution, as traffic remains a significant environmental pressure in the EU (1).
Traffic is not only a source of air pollution but also a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, driving climate change and the increasing occurrence of heat waves. Human-induced greenhouse gas emissions are commonly referred to as carbon footprint.
However, human impact on the environment extends beyond the carbon footprint. To assess the natural resources we consume for our lifestyles and whether this consumption is sustainable, we can calculate ou ecological footprint. Each individual can easily calculate their ecological footprint using the calculator accessible at the following link: https://izo.si/izracunaj-ekoloski-odtis/.
The Ljubljanski ledenik (Ljubljana Glacier) project is an initiative dedicated to raising awareness about the significance, impact, and protection against heat waves. Discover more valuable content on posters strategically placed throughout the city centre and by visiting the following link. The project is co-funded by the Municipality of Ljubljana.
(1) EEA [European Environment Agency], 2023. Promet. URL: https://www.eea.europa.eu/sl/themes/transport/intro (citirano 6. 4. 2023)
(2) Ogrin, M., Vintar Mally, K., Planinšek, A., Močnik, G., Drinovec, L., Gregorič, A., Iskra, I., 2018. Onesnaženost zraka v Ljubljani: Koncentracije dušikovih oksidov, ozona, benzena in črnega ogljika v letih 2013 in 2014. GeograFF 14, 123 str. DOI: 10.4312/9789610600220