Understanding Pollution is a blog founded in late 2014 as a means of raising society´s awareness of pollution.
What is our mission?
We aim to inform people on dangers and effects of pollution on our health and environment and encourage them to contribute to reducing pollution.
Who are we?
Understanding Pollution is run by three people of American and European origin who reside and teach English in Xi’an, the heart of China. Teaching lingua franca may be our primary occupation here; however, in our free time we like to work out, practice yoga and kung fu among many other things.
Why do we care about pollution?
In our own unique ways, all three of us are passionate about health and fitness; and, truth be told, we predominantly pay attention to our diet and lifestyle in order to maintain our wellbeing. Of course, we´d heard of global warming, recycled waste and knew that living in urban areas exposed us to exhaust fumes from vehicles which was harmful to our health, yet we didn´t consider pollution a major hazard.
That is, not until we moved to China.
Since China is one of the most contaminated places in the world, pollution is something you certainly can´t fail to notice. Seeing people wearing surgical masks, considering clear blue sky a luxury and not being able to drink tap water or recycle were only some of the reasons that lead us toward willing to educate ourselves about this hot topic.
The further we investigated the more we realized that what we see in China is only the tip of the iceberg. We are faced with pollution every day of our lives on a much greater scale than most of us are unaware of. Our Chinese colleagues and students often say they´d like to travel to or live in the USA or Europe simply because it´s clean there. What they do not comprehend is that absence of toxic smog 24/7 does not automatically equal no pollution. In actuality it comes in various shapes and forms and has more disastrous effects than we can imagine. China may be more polluted than the west right now, but if the society keeps developing at the same rate that it has been, ignoring the fact we´re jeopardizing the future of our planet, sooner than later: we think seeing the bottom of Grand Canyon or the top of the Eiffel Tower may be as challenging as seeing the tops of the skyscrapers in Beijing.
What can we do?
If you would like to help our society prevent devastating irreversible changes, follow our blog to learn about pollution, it´s effects and alternative solutions.
No individual is too insignificant to make a difference. If we want to enjoy the beauty and resources of our planet and our children to be able to do the same, we can´t ignore the topic of pollution any longer.
Knowledge is power, and together we can make a difference.