Hong Kong’s Air Quality Objectives (AQOs) have not been revised in 24 years and exceed the standards recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) by two to four times. This is a serious threat to public health. The Government’s repeated promises to revise the AQOs are belied by its continuing failure to act – for three years, so far.
Clean Air Network (CAN) and Friends of the Earth (HK) are hosting a sign-up petition urging the Government to act now. All signatures will appear in a full-page spread in a major newspaper and will be compiled and presented to the Environmental Protection Bureau. Many medical, environmental, business, sports and community groups, including HKCAll, are joining to express their concern at our dreadful air pollution.
The petition calls on the government to:
1) update the Air Quality Objectives, in order to better protect public health;
2) include fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in its official air quality monitoring;
3) set up additional protocols to ensure regular review of air quality policy.
Read the Chinese / English official letter, and then, we suggest, sign up at the CAN website or “like” their Facebook page.
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