A massive protest was held in Hong
Kong demanding -action
against the rising air pollution level. People wearing gas
masks and holding placards
proclaiming "Diesel is deadly" and "Government, act
now" marched from central
Hong Kong to Causeway
Bay, one of the most polluted
areas of the city. "We want to
make sure that cleaning up
the air gets top priority," said
Chiristine Loh, a member of
the environmental group,
Clear the Air.
The people of Hong Kong fear that unless radical action is taken, Hong Kong could join the ranks of the world's most polluted cities like Bangkok and Mexico City. Air pollution levels have reached such a high that the government has been forced to put up signs outlining the hazards of pollution like asthma and heart and lung diseases. One of the demonstrators, Victor Lau, a chemical engineer said: "I have asthma and the doctors told me to go to places with cleaner air. But I am from Hong Kong, so where do I go?"
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.