Friday, July 27, 2012

When Clean Air Matters.
Written & Photographed by JUN REYNALES.

F1 Hotel BGC Taguig City, July 19-20, 2012 – Reminds me of that classic lyrics from that good old song, “Every breathe you take, every move you take, every word you make... I’ll be watching you.”

On that uneventful day of July 2012, there was a collective convergence of brilliant minds who, like some Don Quixotic-like struggle and quest, to have the Philippines and other Asian countries set up a clear-cut policies and agendas to have a better clean air policies that the people can enjoy living with their lives.

Through the efforts done by Clean Air Initiative – Asia (CAI-Asia), the direction was set by such men and women, in helping each asian country such as the Philippines alleviate from its current stately misery of the quality of air in its environment. The organization has have some successful partnership, like with the local efforts here in the country with The Firefly Brigade’s Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) campaigns thru the use of bicycling, and the local ordinance of Pasig City as they have launched recently their Sunday Carless Day events in their Ortigas Financial District streets, and uplifting of some walkability programs (often which are overlooked and under-estimated by local government officials as a good way in increasing the quality of air).

The challenges of these gallant men and women from the CAI-Asia is to seek more partnership with the local and national governments in the different asian countries to help alleviate and increase the quality of air, hence helping increase the quality of lives in the region.  It should not only be their responsibility but also ours – from every private citizens of the countries in Asia too.

After all, every breathe you take... well, matters.

Life is Good!

** (Special Thanks to Chee-Anne Roño, CAI-Asia, for the privilege to take the photos of their event.)

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