An Anecdote on Pollution in Beijing
Recently following the Paris Climate Talks you may have been getting a steady trickle of news about Beijing's mega cloud of toxic darkness aka the pollution. This week Beijing had a first by suggesting that all schools shut down for the next two and a half days. That's right folks, while your siblings or kids are squealing over snow days my classmates in the BJ. 80 International Girl's Dormitory were jumping up and down in circles because we are having a smog day.
I think it's important to realize that the environment in Beijing has reached very low points before, this is just the worst it has been following the massive air cleaning that went on in advance of the 2008 Olympics. I hope people realize that being environmentally friendly isn't a joke. I think in America we make light of the environment because we don't often come face to face with a white cloud of nothing outside our window. We don't think about the headaches, the sore throats, and lung damage that can come from years of being subjected to this level of pollution. Americans aren't thinking about their kids having no PE class for weeks on end because if they run around the track they could easily become sick. Americans don't have to think about it because it's not their reality. Unfortunately for Chinese families this is life.
I was just as excited as my peers that when I learned that we would not have to go to class for a couple of days, but I was not excited by the reason behind the cancelation. I hope all the recent talk about Beijing let's other people think about what's going on with the world's environment.
In all of these photos there are whole buildings that are invisible due to the smog.