On November 3, Clean Air Network visited partitioned-flat (sub-divided) flat households in Sham Shui Po and Mongkok with volunteers of Credit Suisse. In this event, we had the chance to understand the living environment in partitioned-flat, and investigated the impact of air pollution on households.
Ms Fong and her daughter live in a partitioned-flat in Mongkok, right next to the busy West Kowloon Corridor. Volunteers attempted to record the number of vehicles passing by per minute, but found it impossible to count due to the volume!
Living right next to a busy road in a room without proper ventilation system, Ms Fong and her daughter are vulnerable to roadside air pollution. After the visit, we walked with Ms Fong to measure air pollution along her usual routes. We recorded PM2.5 concentration of over 50 µg/m3, a pollution level that was two times higher than the WHO standard.
The awareness of volunteers towards air pollution was strongly enhanced after this event. They shared their view and suggested solutions to the problem that partitioned-flat households are facing. Credit Suisse volunteer Alan Wong noted: “Awareness of clean air protection is not a privilege for the well-educated people, but also for everyone.” To build a healthy environment for everyone, we must make changes in our daily lives, such as more walking and reduce our reliance on vehicles. Let’s fight for clean air!