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We Can Bring Back Blue Skies

Updated on Sep 11, 2008 – SCMP

It was curious to note some unusually lovely clear blue skies over Hong Kong during the Olympics. It was the best I’ve seen it in 10 years.

The skies are noticeably greyer now. Why? A friend has a textile factory in the Pearl River Delta and told me a lot of factories closed for the Games and more gas was used by Hong Kong power companies to help clear the air pollution. So for those who say it is too hard to fix the pollution, it’s nonsense.

We just need political willpower. The prospect of international shaming worked miracles.

Now we just need to find a way to get our complacent politicians to keep the momentum going and understand that local people deserve clean air, not just visitors with higher standards than ours.

P. Gilbert, Lam Tin

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