Most of the problem appears to center in China and India, but the United States has more than its share as well with Los Angeles having the highest rate of death by air pollution.
I’m wondering if this problem will go away in our lifetime….how about our children’s lifetime? This is one of those problems that appears to be so large that I wonder if it is possible to fix it. I live in Olympia, Washington, a city that prides itself on its Liberal and environmental leanings, and yet if you drive down the street you will see an interesting mix of Smart cars and gas-guzzling SUV’s. Even in this bastion of environmental causes it seems the residents are torn over the internal combustion engine.
Of course, the underlying, root problem is over-population and again, how do you tackle that problem? The day we have bedroom police making sure new children aren’t conceived is the day I will move to the wilderness and homestead away from civilization.
Living Simple is about lifestyle choices. It is about making decisions that deal with what is truly important in life. Recently Bev had a horrible bout with asthma. It went on for more than a week and there were times I was very close to taking her to the emergency room. It coincided with a particularly strange weather pattern that trapped pollutants at ground level. The air was yellow for more than a week, and even people who do not have respiratory problems, like me, had a hard time breathing during walks. Can you imagine living like that daily like in Beijing or New Dehli or Los Angeles?
I sure hope we wake up soon and start to realize what is important in life…..namely life itself.