Time once again for one of my favorite days of the month. A day for promoting positive news via We Are the World Blogfest. It delights me to participate as an agent of pronoia along with dozens of other ambassadors highlighting feel-good news stories for us all to celebrate.
This month’s coshosts are Shilpa Garg, Sylvia McGrath, Mary Giese, Belinda Witzenhausen and Guilie Castillo. Do check out all the other bloggers participating as well, and you’re welcome to join yourself – all the details are here.
Today I want to bring your attention to Daan Roosegaarde, a Dutch artist who develops projects that merge technology and art in urban environments. I’m crazy fond of projects that collaboratively cross boundaries – it’s like doubling the magic. I particularly like art environmental projects.
Last year the World Health Organization reported that ”more than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted. According to the latest urban air quality database, 98% of cities in low- and middle income countries with more than 100,000 inhabitants do not meet WHO air quality guidelines. However, in high-income countries, that percentage decreases to 56%.” I have to say those statistics are appalling, and should have us all jumping on the proverbial bandwagon working on figuring out solutions.
Daan Roosegaarde has come up with one, a smog vaccum cleaner. In this TED talk he reports about it, along with some of his other projects. And in this written interview he speaks more exclusively about the smog project.
In these times it seems like increasing clarity in needed in so many areas, but certainly the very air we (and all creatures on our beautiful planet) breathe is of paramount importance. Here’s to celebrating innovative ideas.