CAN Impact 2020 - Campaign and Community Engagement
Although the year-long pandemic has restricted gatherings and event promotions, CAN never stops working to raise public concern over air pollution. This year our campaigns are devoting more time to go online and virtual education, while the public can get more in-depth knowledge on clean air no matter where they are located.
CAN initiates “Getting Ahead’ campaign this summer to promote the use of zero-emission bus fleet in the city to reduce roadside pollution and its leading cause of public health risk.
“Getting Ahead” website is also launched with more updates on the deployment of electric buses in Hong Kong. We invited John Tsang, former Hong Kong Financial Secretary, and Luke Tsang, a renowned media professional, shared their views on promoting the use of electric vehicles. The interview videos reached over 13000 views in a month.
The low emission star ferry is already in service in July. It is the first ferry in the fleet powered by the diesel-electric propulsion system. The first electric accessible minibus was also launched in November to raise green transportation standard on the roads. Zero-emission vehicles are not only a new trend, and it is the transport future for sustainable development of a healthy city.
Let Our Children Breathe
NO2 roadside measurements and education workshops are conducted several times in Sham Shui Po district. In collaboration with the Clean Air Student Council, the Hong Kong Environmental Writers’ Competition takes place this year with the theme “Air Pollution: Policies and Progress”.
Clean Air Neighborhood
A new project “Clean Air Neighborhood” gets started in November. The CCC Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School is the anchor school of the project in Tuen Mun. Students are going to find out the clean air challenge in the area of a “Clean Air Neighborhood of 1.5km Radius” covers their living area and social lives in the following year.
Webinar and Media
We have received various webinar inventions to share the health threat of air pollution over the past year, including Jockey Club Make a Difference Social Lab (MaD), JCI Harbour, Open Eye Gallery in London, Swedish Chamber of Commerce and CarbonCare InnoLab.
We need to understand that clean air is not free. It requires that we all take responsibility. Hong Kong has all the potential and talent required to address the emerging threats from air pollution and climate change. Let’s be strategic and have an open mind to shouldering more responsibilities in the next decade.
Look forward to 2021
CAN would emphasize on community work and our neighborhood health in the new year. Besides the launch of Clean Air Neighborhood project, we are going to set up a Community Health Profile (CHP) in Tuen Mun and Sham Shui Po soon. The data presented from the CHP help us to have a better understanding of the problem and challenges in public health related to air pollution at the district level.