Taipei-A coalition of Taiwanese environmental groups will hold a march in Taipei Dec. 29, with the aim of bringing attention to the issue of air quality, the group's leaders said Wednesday.
In a press conference at the Legislative Yuan, groups including Air Clean Taiwan and the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union announced four themes for the march, aimed at linking clean air and renewable energy to the concepts of democracy, freedom, equality and sustainability.
According to Air Clean Taiwan Chairman Yeh Kuang-peng (???), the march will begin at noon at the Environmental Protection Administration's headquarters near the Ximen MRT Station.
The planned five-kilometer route will pass the Executive and Legislative Yuan buildings, as well as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party headquarters, before ending at Liberty Square, Yeh said.
Noting that the timing of the march is less than two weeks away from Taiwan's Jan. 11 presidential and legislative elections, Yeh said the groups hope to amplify the voices of voters who care about air quality and climate change.
According to 2018 Taiwan Power Company statistics, coal and liquefied natural gas each account for 39 percent of Taiwan's energy generation, in comparison to 11 percent for nuclear power and 5 percent for renewable energy sources, with the remainder coming from oil and hydro power.
Regarding the debate over using nuclear power to reduce the impact that coal-fired power plants have on air quality, both the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union and Air Clean Taiwan have previously stated their opposition.
Instead, the groups are calling for a rapid transition to renewable energy sources, along with measures aimed at reducing consumption, though it is unclear how long such a process would take in practice.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel