Thank Beijing for Taking Steps to Improve Air Quality

Target: Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing

Goal: Thank Beijing for creating a plan to improve the air quality in the city

Like many cities, Beijing keeps track of its pollution levels using an Air Quality Index. Air Quality Indexes use standards set by the World Health Organization to determine how polluted the air is, and if it poses a threat to humans. The index assesses pollution by measuring the number of “fine particles” in the air. Particles 2.5 microns in diameter or smaller are called PM 2.5. Particles 10 microns in diameter or smaller are called PM 10. The World Health Organization recommends that PM 2.5 levels should be about 20 on a daily basis, and should not exceed 25. Recently, the Beijing Air Quality Index hit 755. In light of the disastrously high levels of pollution, the Beijing government has created a plan to reduce pollution within city limits. Thank Beijing for creating a plan to reverse the dangerously high levels of pollution.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index only goes up to 500. Anything above 300 is considered an emergency situation that will most likely affect the entire population. Elderly individuals and children would be particularly at risk. In light of the catastrophically high levels of pollution in Beijing, the government has suggested that all children and elderly individuals be kept indoors. Pollution levels can fluctuate greatly from day to day based on wind carriage, but the emergency situation should last for the next couple of days.

Beijing’s plan to reduce pollution will be a multibillion-dollar effort. The biggest change will be its plan to shut down all its coal plants and replace them with natural gas-fueled power stations. This will eliminate the coal dust that spews over the city. Other plans include raising the standard of vehicle emission, switching busses to natural gas, and clamping down on construction site dust. By 2015, Beijing should be completely coal free and much cleaner.

Sign the petition below and thank the Beijing government for making important changes to protect people’s health.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Wang Anshun,

The World Health Organization recommends that pollution levels should not exceed 25 on a daily basis. Levels about 300 are considered an emergency situation. Recently, Beijing’s Air Quality Index reached previously unrecorded levels of 755. This Air Pollution Index is shockingly high and represents a serious danger to the people of Beijing.

While pollution levels should sink below emergency criteria within the next couple of days, it is vitally important that daily pollution levels decrease. Pollution of this magnitude is very dangerous, especially to elderly individuals and children. To bring about lasting change, you have decided to eliminate coal from Beijing by 2015, and to make other very important changes. Thank you for taking steps to reduce levels of pollution within your city.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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