Filipinos Turn To Texting To Combat Air Pollution

People in the Philipines use text messaging a lot. Some estimates say that more messages are sent in the Philipines alone then in the entire European Union. A few years ago, some credited text messaging with forcing the resignation of the Filipino president. Now, an environmental group is using text messaging to fight pollution in Manila. They’re asking people who see a car or truck that is bellowing black smoke out of the exhaust to report it via a text message. The group then forwards a list of which cars and trucks are violating pollution laws to a government agency. It’s unclear how much this will help, but it’s still an interesting look at how text messaging can help empower your average citizen.

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