Subcommittee on Air Pollution Control Regulation,
The cause for this petition is simple: Look up and around you. Do you like what you see? Do you hold your breath sometimes when crossing busy streets that channel vehicle exhaust? Do your respiratory allergies or illnesses get worse on the bad pollution days?
The research is clear; most of HK’s poor air quality is a result of LOCAL HK:
- land transport: old diesel trucks and buses account for 80% of roadside nitrogen oxide emissions, and 90% of ‘PM10’ (particles of material from vehicle exhaust that can damage lungs)
- sea transport: container ships and some old ferries
- coal power plants
And the health and financial costs are well documented as well:
- 8-9 people die pre-maturely every day in Hong Kong
- $21 billion is lost in productivity and hospital visits
As of October 2013, the World Health Organization has officially recognized air pollution to be carcinogenic, so now there is no reason for Hong Kong government to be lax about addressing our air quality issues.
The sooner the government pushes through with this new regulation, the better it will be for all those who call Hong Kong their home or their latest tourist destination. The new regulation would get more than 86,000 old diesel vehicles off the road, resulting in a reduction of nitrogen oxide by 30%, and suspended particulates by 80%!
Please join me in spreading this petition to as many people who you know care about supporting a positive movement that affects us in Hong Kong and in the greater Pearl River Delta, and by signing this before 8am, Tuesday, 26th November 2013, where I’ll be submitting this petition during my oral presentation to the LegCo Sub-committee on Air Pollution Control that afternoon.