Hong Kong Clean Air Network founded

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    Hong Kong Outdoors is among the associate members of the newly formed Clean Air Network – CAN. Info on CAN:

    What is the Clean Air Network?

    The Clean Air Network is an independent NGO being formed with the aim of encouraging the public to speak out on the health impacts of air pollution.

    The idea to create CAN followed a strong public response to Civic Exchange’s conference on air pollution “The Air we Breathe – a Public Health Dialogue” held in January 2009, so as to respond to the Government’s consultation to review Hong Kong’s outdated air quality objectives.

    CAN is being established as a company limited by guarantee, with its own board, finances and staff. Civic Exchange is assisting the establishment process, but will not run CAN in the long-term.

    What does CAN want the Hong Kong Government to do?

    CAN wants the Government to improve Hong Kong’s air quality to the point where pollution no longer poses a significant threat to public health as it does today.

    What approach will CAN take?

    CAN aims to support the Government in all actions that will reduce the health impacts of air pollution. It does not expect to take a confrontational approach but CAN will be firm, and will mobilize the community’s response.

    CAN has a terrific web portal (www.hongkongcan.org) filled with a wealth of information about the costs and causes of air pollution, plus links to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, news feeds, blogs, videos, surveys, competitions and more formal educational materials.


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