Clean Air Network has achieved significant milestones towards cleaner air for Hong Kong. From lobbying for public policies and educating the Hong Kong public, to organizing various events and promoting appropriate measures to our community, CAN has expanded its scope and reach and contributed significantly to the achievement of many effective and impactful measures to clean our air.
CAN has been able to build up understanding and support from many government officials, and work with them to further spread the message about the serious impact air pollution has on the health of citizens and on our economy.
CAN is regularly mentioned in all of Hong Kong’s newspapers, radio channels and on television talk shows, documentaries and news broadcasts. (RTHK, Apple Daily, Orientall Daily, SCMP) CAN is also frequently mentioned and interviewed by international media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and has appeared in a documentary on the National Discovery Channel.
With frequent invites from schools, universities, community centers, chambers of commerce and blue-chip companies to give educational talks about air pollution and the work CAN does to combat the issue. Some of the blue-chip companies that CAN has partnered with in the past include The Link Management Limited, Intercontinental Hong Kong and PizzaExpress.
Some of CAN’s achievements over the years can be seen below:
September – CAN teamed up with CSL to ask the public to sign a petition urging the government to clean up HK’s “unhealthy” air.
August – CAN launched a public service announcement-style video featuring popular Hong Kong movie star, Daniel Wu. The video quickly went viral, became one of the most widely watched videos shared by a non-governmental organization in Hong Kong. As of today, it has 213, 558 views.
October – CAN and environmental groups led by Friends of the Earth, filed a grievance with the Hong Kong Ombudsman about the Government’s undue delay in announcing new Air Quality Objectives (AQOs). On May 9th 2011, the Ombudsman formally recognized and agreed with this landmark complaint, and ordered the Government to set out a timetable for the announcement of new AQOs.
April – With the sponsorship of Sotheby’s and BSI Investment Advisors, ifc, the International Herald Tribune, and the South China Morning Post, CAN conducted the Clean Air Auction, the first environmentally themed art exhibition and auction of its kind in Asia. More than 40 local and international artists created or donated works to help raise funds for CAN projects. The exhibition and auction were significantly covered in the local and international media.
December – CAN held a “Dark Christmas” protest and led supporters on a march to the government house to call for a revision of the outdated Air Quality Objectives & PM 2.5 measures, as well as to share the public’s Christmas wishes for clean air with ex-Chief Executive Donald Tsang. As a result of CAN’s actions, the Government finally announced it would update the Air Quality Objectives.
January – CAN published its first Annual Air Quality Review on CAN’s website to provide the public with easily accessible reports on Hong Kong air quality; it was also a way to evaluate and comment on the Government’s efforts to combat air pollution.
July – CAN held its second run of its flagship event, The Airmazing Race. A total of 800 students from over seventy schools participated in this scavenger hunt for clean air. The event received front page coverage in South China Morning Post. CAN held a third run of the event in 2013 and plans to allow the participation of companies and families in the fourth run are in progress.a
December – 12 electric vehicles and a 150 bikers participated in the Clean Air Drive, a parade featuring zero-emission modes of transportation. The fleet traveled along a 10 kilometer route to spell out the word “AIR” – a symbol calling for better air quality in Hong Kong. The aim of the drive was to demonstrate the viability of zero-emissions transport and inspire the public to view these forms of transportation as practicable solutions to the roadside air pollution in the territory.
January – As early as 2011, CAN consistently recommended that a “carrot and stick” approach be undertaken to encourage the replacement of old commercial diesel vehicles. As of the 2013 Policy Address, 10 billion dollars has been earmarked specifically for this purpose, and the corresponding measures will be rolled out from 2014 onwards.
February – To get first-hand air pollution information along the race route of this year’s Standard Chartered HK Marathon, CAN invited four volunteer runners to carry portable PM2.5 monitors and measure air pollution levels during the race. The final results were shared in an article on House News, which went viral very quickly.
June – A petition was presented to the government with 3,000 signatures, collected in the span of a month; the petition exhorted the government to install in-shore power facilities and to reduce the amount of emissions from marine vessels.