April 16th, 2019, the seminar “Enhancing partnerships for addressing air pollution in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)” by CHANGE and Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport was held at Deutsches Haus (33 Le Duan Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC). The event is the first step to create a Clean Air Alliance in the Southern region. The Alliance will be a network of experts, scientists, representatives of government agencies and other social organizations to address the problem of air pollution which is becoming increasingly serious.
The agenda of the seminar included: a welcome speech by Ms. Nguyen Thi Cat Tuong – Project Manager of Center for Hands-on Actions and Networking for Growth and Environment (CHANGE), an Opening speech by Mr. Andreas Siegel – Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Ho Chi Minh City, whilst Associate Professor Dr Ho Quoc Bang from HCMC National University shared his insights into the current state of air pollution in Hanoi and HCMC, it’s causes n and some solutions to reduce smog in the future. And assoc. Dr. Nguyen Dinh Tuan – Vice Chairman of Vietnam Clean Air Network explained the challenges of reducing air pollution in Vietnam nowadays. The Participants discussed more about the concerns and prioritized action to tackle air pollution, improve public health and reduce the risk of climate change.
Alongside the discussions, Uu Dam Studio introduced the exhibition “Serpents Tails”. With 2 videos and sculptures, photos and “snakes” made from disposable plastic bags and emissions from vehicle exhausts, the exhibition is a reminder of the urgent actions necessary to protect our environment.