Deadly smog in China has prompted a businessman to sell cans of fresh air. The inventive entrepreneur plans to use the proceeds to raise awareness about pollution and the environment.
Pollution in China has created a deadly cloud of smog, particularly in the capital city of Beijing. According to reports there have only been five smog-free days this year. Many blame lawmakers in China who have not revised pollution policies since 2000.
Heightened levels of pollution, and the constant cloud of smog, have been blamed for increased health issues experienced by residents. As reported by USA Today, hospital have seen an increase in admissions due to respiratory illness and heart conditions. According to a study conducted by Peking University together with Greenpeace, revealed that “air pollution caused 8,572 premature deaths in China last year.”
Residents in China have tried to avoid health issues, caused by the deadly smog, by wearing face masks and purchasing air filters for their homes. Chen Guangbiao, who created the cans of fresh air admits that his product does not have much practical use, but will help raise awareness.
Guangbiao’s cans of fresh air come in several scents, including “Pristine Tibet” and “Post-industrial Taiwan.” As reported by International Business Times, Guangbiao, has a strong interest in protecting the environment:
“If we don’t start caring for the environment then after 20 or 30 years our children and grandchildren might be wearing gas masks and carry oxygen tanks. I’ve worked in the environmental protection industry for a decade and I bear witness to the fact that pollution is getting worse. 2012 did not bring the end of the world but if human beings keep consuming resources, keep polluting the environment, Doomsday will arrive.”
As recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, pollution particles over 300 are bad enough that small children and elderly residents are recommended to stay inside. The deadly smog in China, that prompted a man to sell cans of fresh air, reached particle levels of nearly 900 within the last two weeks.