Ho Chi Minh City, Jun 05 2019 – To kick-off World Environment Day 2019, with the theme is “Air pollution,” by the Environment Program (UNEP) of the Union the United Nations launched, CHANGE started the tour photo exhibition “Feel the Air” through universities in HCM city to educate and raise awareness of the community about air pollution and encourages Vietnamese to be part of the solution and speak up to reduce pollution for cleaner air.

Within the framework of the campaign “Clean Air, Blue Sky”, the photo exhibition “Feel the Air” was a follow-up activities events photo exhibition “Feel the Air” took place in at the Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City. The main activity of the event exhibited thirty-four selected photos from the photo contest “Portray Air, Expose Pollution” at five universities in HCM City.

The tour exhibition started on June 5 at the University of Science Society and Humanities City. HCM, address: 10-12 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, District 1, then moved to the University Banking HCM city, address: 56 Hoang Dieu 2, Thu Duc District on April June 7, then moved to the Hoa Sen University, Address: 8 Nguyen Van Trang Street, District 1, on June 10 and University City Transport. HCM, 2 Vo Oanh, Ward 25, Binh Thanh Dist on June 12, 2019 and will end at the Media Center for Health Education Central, 59 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1 on June 14.

With the duration time from 8:00 to 17:00, aside from admiring thirty-four photos, people were involved in the exciting interactive activities including: “Seeding the plant,” which included planting trees on the environment old paper to raise awareness of the filtered air through vegetation and creating opportunities for people to contribute effort to the cause of preserving the blue sky; “Quizzing,” helping young people gain a better knowledge of the general atmosphere and haze pollution problem is exacerbated in urban areas today. Participants will also receive a pair of walking shoes souvenirs of BTC to participate in all activities to encourage increased walking to minimize the amount of smoke emitted from vehicles personal.

“Vietnam is a beautiful country and I hope that it’s people are encouraged by the “Clean Air, Blue Sky” campaign and especially the Photo Exhibition “Feel the Air” everyone will join hands to work towards a cleaner air and for sustainable development,” said Ms. Daniela Scheetz, German Deputy Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City”

“According to a current World Bank report, air pollution in Vietnam has caused damage amounting to 5% of the annual GDP. Therefore, maintaining healthy air quality is fundamental to ensuring sustainable economic development,” Ms. Nguyen Thi Cat Tuong, project manager of CHANGE said. “I hope that through the photo exhibition “Feel the Air” and the campaign “Clean Air, Blue Sky”, people will become aware of the impact of air pollution on the environment and human health. We need to work together to reverse the air pollution which is affecting every one of us”

Nowadays, the traffic in big cities like Ho Chi Minh or Ha Noi, account for the highest emissions of most pollutants. Specifically, transport activities accounted 99% of total CO2 emissions of the Ho Chi Minh city. Dust emissions from motorcycles and road surfaces due to friction, brakes, and tires accounted for 37.7%; followed by households accounted for 11.4%; construction work accounted for 9%; shops, park building materials accounted for 7.8%; restaurant diner 5%; harbor 5%

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