Continuing on from the success of the photographic exhibition 'Feel the Air', CHANGE brought the exhibition to Ham Nghi bus station thanks to funding from the German consulate and the support of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transportation

Continuing on from the success of the photographic exhibition 'Feel the Air' which was displayed at 5 universities in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in early October, CHANGE brought the exhibition to Ham Nghi bus station thanks to funding from the German consulate and the support of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transportation. The exhibition ran at the bus station between the 13th and 21st of December 2019 with the aim of educating and raising community awareness of air pollution. 

Within the wider framework of the 'Clean air, Blue Sky' campaign, the exhibition showcases 16 photos which were selected from a contest named 'Portray the Air, Expose the Pollution'. Within the bus station, the photos were displayed in 2 areas used by many popular bus routes: at the southern intersection of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street (for routes 20, 86, 102, 11, 34, 39, 38, 96, 75 & 120) and also at the Quach Thi Trang roundabout (for routes 52, 93, 109, 152, 31, 36, 04, 18 & 20). The photographs depict air pollution and its effects on the quality of our daily life. Alongside these photographs, the exhibition also contained striking, colorful posters providing facts about air pollution, along with images of modern, safe buses for passengers, especially women and children.

Through using these busy locations for the photos and posters, CHANGE was able to attract the attention of many people and they used this to present options for mitigating the effects of air pollution. This included planting trees, protecting forests and especially calling for communities to use more public transport – a practical solution for every individual with direct benefits: having a bus full of passengers is the equivalent of taking 40 cars off the roads

"Emissions from personal transportation are considered one of the main causes of the serious air pollution in Vietnam" Mrs. Nguyen Cat Tuong, project manager of CHANGE says.

"Through the photographic exhibition 'Feel the air', and by showing the true, vivid images captured by many different photographers, we hope to make people more aware of the air pollution situation and its negative impact on humans. By exhibiting this gallery at Ham Nghi bus station, we want to encourage people to take more buses as a practical step to minimizing air pollution." 

Currently, HCMC pollution levels are three times higher than the recommended healthy standard, with motorcycles being one of the main causes if tis pollution. Traffic creates the highest amounts of pollutants, with traffic operations accounting for 99% of the total CO2 emissions of HCMC. When it comes to dust emissions, motorcycles and the friction between the road, vehicle brakes and tyres make up 37.7%. Next in order of key contributors for dust come households creating 11.4%, while construction works account for 9% and construction material stores and yards account for 7.8%.

The 'Feel the Air' exhibition was grateful to receive the support of its strategic media partner Chicilon Media as well as its other media partners including Target Media, WE Media, Ureka Media, POPS and SMPAA.