Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Relentless Pollution of Chongqing
One of Andrew Sullivan's regular features is The View From Your Window, where he posts photos that readers send him of the view they are looking at as they blog, or do work of any sort.
This one is from a high rise in Chongqing, China. I was there in 2010. When I first woke up I thought that it was just a cloudy day. But it was every day; then I realized the cloudiness was severe pollution. And after being outside for a whole day, I felt very unwell, in a weird, unspecific way.
I am sad to see this picture. I don't think the people who live there ever see the sun in the city. It has an eerie post-apocalyptic feel about it. I don't know what the answer is to the poisoning pollution of the earth, but if Americans experienced this level of pollution, I think more efforts and intelligence would go toward making changes.