Pollution Pods Show Londoners How Toxic Theyre Making the Air

first_img Alright, even you don’t believe global warming is a thing (it definitely is and you are wrong), but let’s say it’s not. The smog and pollutants that come from cars and industry still go into the air. That we breathe. Maybe we should try not to pump poison into the air we breathe? Is that reasonable?Well, to drive home that point, a new art exhibition in London tries to people just how bad it can get, and that a lot of that pollution ultimately comes from excess consumption in the west.The exhibit has several pods that mimic the air quality of a few major cities around the world, including Beijing, New Delhi, and São Paulo. While cities like London and New York and Tokyo remain relatively clean, consumption and the placement of industry means that the places where our iPhones are built, for instance, are choked by smog — and that can have a severe impact on the lives of millions. Air pollution and lung cancer are among the leading causes of death in China, responsible for almost one-third of all deaths in the country. The pods, designed by Michael Pinsky, have been installed in front of the Somerset House, one of London’s art museums. They are all linked together, so patrons can move freely between a few different locales and genuinely internalize the contrasts. Also included is air that’s been made to resemble that on Tautra Island — some of the cleanest in the world. With that, Pinksy wanted to show even the difference between even a relatively clean city and genuinely fresh, clear air. All of this pollution takes a major toll on world health and is one of the most consistent and pervasive human rights abuses in the world. It’s important to grapple with the reality that the lives we lead cost others whole years off of their lives. We are responsible for that, collectively. That meaning is also part of the exhibit. By connecting them, Pinksy hopes to call attention to the fact that problems people face in one part of the world are linked to everyone else. We are all in this together.In an interview with Earther, Pinksy said, “I would like them to consider how their growing consumption of cheap goods produced in the east provides a market for industries that care little about the welfare of their workers or the environment.”It’s a tough reality to face, but it’s an important one. Many of our greatest thinkers — Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and countless others — have been warning about the toll of pollution and carelessness for decades. So far as we know, humanity is the only intelligent life on Earth. We are the only means through which the universe has self-awareness. We are the most precious beings, and we are systematically poisoning our only home and ourselves. Man Paddles 2,900 Miles Across Pacific to Help Curb Ocean PollutionClimate Change + Human Excrement = Death of Coral Reefs Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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