The air pollution in China is all over the news and artists are becoming activists in a campaign for clean air.
When Beijing artist Liang Kegang came home from a recent trip to Provence in France, he didn’t bring a t-shirt or even French wine–he brought a jar of clean air. He auctioned the jar off to a group of artists and collectors and the high bidder paid about $860.
That may sound like a lot, but as you can see from the image above, clean air is a rare commodity in China.
Jiang is not the only artist taking a stand against Chinese air pollution. The Washington Post reports:
“In February, 20 artists wearing dust masks lay on the ground and played dead in front of an altar at the Temple of Heaven park in a performance art protest in Beijing. In March, independent artists in the southern city of Changsha held a mock funeral for what they imagined would be the death of the city’s last citizen because of smog.”
The air in the US is, thankfully, not as bad as that in China. We don’t feel the need to wear face masks or stay indoors unless there is a brushfire nearby. But we can all help to reduce air pollution in our environment and with the World Health Organization reporting 7 million annual deaths due to air pollution, we had better.
What can we do?
Don’t idle your car.
Take public transportation whenever possible.
Ride your bike.
Unplug devices and chargers when they are not in use–they are using energy even when you are not using them.
If you are upset about the levels of air pollution in our environment, say so. Change happens when we all participate in the process.
And don’t forget about your indoor air quality. When that pollution from outdoors enters your home, it has a hard time escaping. Make sure your ventilation system and ducts are clean and working well. If you need help getting clean air into your home or other building, contact AirTek!
Without clean air, we simply cannot live. Clean air is worth a great deal more than $860 a jar–it is priceless!