You know, when we started reading about the economic rise of China back in the 1990′s, I asked myself one single question.
What the world will look like the day every Chinese owns a car?
Such a question packs it all.
Chinese have a frantic desire to make that happen.
But does the rest of the world want the same thing?
Can the planet Earth provide enough for it?
This is a mega huge problem.
And I’m not saying here emerging nations don’t have the right to emerge.
I’m just saying we can’t let them do it with our past century “pollution is money” fainting western models.
Bill Bishop took the above two amazing pics from the same window in Beijing, China: a clear day and a pollution peak day.
I have a concern for the lungs of all those Chinese people who have to breathe that out of sanity norms air.
I also have the same concerns for the rest of the world as such a cloud simply travels because it doesn’t understand the frontiers concept.
Probably part of it is already in your very own lungs? And your children’s ones?
Of course, other cities around the globe can show such a polluted air. But nothing compared with the Chinese peaks.
Our polluted future?
If you read this you’re a lucky person.
Because you mostly live in a democracy and thus still have the chance to make things happen in the right direction.
In your country, your government only listens to one thing: votes.
Every time you vote, don’t only think like your government on a short term money making mindset. Be something stronger than a consumer robot. Think. Think about what comes next. Think about the solutions we have in our hands to clean our future from our polluted past.
Every day is day one my friend. It’s up to us to make that day look like the one we will love to live.