It’s been 3 days, 5 hours and 10 mins (or there abouts) since my last blog post. #fail.
So, I’ve been sick the last couple of days, and the weather here is getting me down so haven’t had it in me to write. The smog that hovers over this city is like nothing I’ve ever seen or experienced before. It’s simply disturbing.
Prior to the 2008 olympic games, the government implemented legislation to reduce the number of cars on the roads, in the attempt to reduce the smog.
Not sure what the statistics are on that but I can tell you, that first breath of outside air each day, brings with it a metallic, dirty taste which is difficult to shake. Now, yes, there are a shirtload of cars on the road, but not that many more than europe or the US, so there has to be something else, right?
Right. After a wee bit of interwebs surfing, turns out there are so many other reasons why. Wiki can tell you all about it, however, here’s snippet for you:
“On June 19, 2007, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency announced, on the basis of an analysis of fossil fuel consumption (including especially the coal power plants) and cement production data, that China surpassed the United States as the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, putting out 6,200 million tons, in comparison with America’s 5,800 million.China is also the largest contributor to world levels of sulfur oxides, chlorofluorocarbons, and other ozone depleting substances. China can suffer some of the effects of global warming, including sea level rise and glacier retreat “
They forgot to mention, that when you live in China, you are unable to breathe . A fairly pivotal thing in ones life.
In saying all of this, the People’s Republic of China is one of the worlds major producers of solar panels and wind turbines – irony anyone? I guess ‘where there is will, there is hope’.
So, Friday morning I was up at 8.15am – it was a ‘work’ day ;-) One of the first things I do when I wake, is open the curtains and check out the view from level 22. The first pic below paints a pretty clear picture of what greeted me. Depressing much?
Anyway, I settled in to work and that’s when the winds started. Let me say that Chicago is not the only windy city. When the winds hit on L22, it scares the pants off you – windows shake and the sound is terrifying but you do get used to it after a while. Normally, I’m not partial to the wind, it’s simply just bad for your hair.
However, when the wind blows in this city, it’s like music to my ears, because I know the smog will get swept away and open up the blue sky for us again. “Let there be wind” I say.
I’m not going to complain about this anymore, it is what it is. You deal with it, or you leave.
So, I’ve made the choice to wear a respirator.
I made the choice to save my lungs from metal particles, and hopefully lead a longer life.