My mate had an asthma attack last night while we were out on a bike ride. It was pretty scary (for me).
The air quality here is shit. We all know this, but think about this:
Stop blaming China. Take a look at yourself in the mirror.
Stop putting on a facemask and thinking everything will be fine. It won’t. You may as well put an Elastoplast on a severed artery.
Turn off your scooters while sat at a red light for 90/60/30 seconds or whatever. You don’t have air-con in your scooter.
Don’t turn on your scooter while you are pushing back out of a parking space. THERE IS NO REVERSE GEAR ON MOST SCOOTERS
Stop riding those filthy 2-stroke scooters belching out thick blue smoke. If you see someone riding one TELL THEM THEY ARE AN IGNORANT, SELFISH TWAT. Don’t ignore/tolerate such behaviour.
Stop burning shedloads of paper money every day/week/month, just because the Chinese calendar tells you it is a good day. It’s not a good day. You are pointlessly filling the air with pollutants. See also: FIREWORKS every other f**king day.
Stop pulling across oncoming vehicles causing them to brake and re-accelerate. Just imagine all that extra fuel being wasted SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR A FEW SECONDS. As a (healthy) by-product, it may even prevent a few collisions. Correction: it will undoubtedly prevent thousands of collisions.
If you are Taiwanese and can read this, please pass it on. Don’t expect others to do it. EVERYONE can make a difference and they can do it NOW. It is quite simple.
Please try. My lungs will thank you.