With people in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City realizing that the air they breathe in is unhealthy on many days, reducing their exposure to it is something many of them have resorted to recently. For many, avoiding travelling during rush hour, when thousands of vehicles emit fumes, is not enough. Nguyen Quynh Nhi, 25, a graphic designer living in Saigon’s District 1, says: “People breathing polluted air are more likely to die prematurely, so I sometimes ask my manager to allow me to work from home when the air quality index is too bad.” Lam Thanh Nhan, 39, the owner of a private firm in Hanoi, lets pregnant staff work remotely instead of travelling to work on polluted days. Change, a HCMC non-profit organization, has teamed up with the German consulate general to carry out a social media campaign called ‘Holding Your Ground’ suggesting that companies in Hanoi and HCMC should consider a new regulation to adapt to the worsening air. “The campaign aims to promote discussions on social media and make people pay attention to their health when the air quality index (AQI) is between 201 and 300 (very unhealthy),” Change says. High-rise buildings in HCMC are… Read full this story
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