The UN Climate Summit is one of the world’s most widely-attended and vastly-followed congregations that gives a platform to the world’s climate action leaders to engage, ideate and present solutions pertaining to climate solutions providing scope for meaningful dialogue with the relevant stakeholders at the United Nations.
That climate action leaders from 144 countries of the world and its territories present solutions pertinent toward environmental sustainability gives the event a prestigious and unrivaled standing.
But this year, the UN Climate Summit had a rather extraordinary presentation of one of the world’s ghastliest miscreants: pollution.
But this year, at the heart of the UN Climate Summit was a rather extraordinary and gripping presentation that took everyone by a surprise, and perhaps may have even, for the sheer ingenuity of it, left some befuddled.
The problems being faced by some of our world’s most polluted cities, including New Delhi, Sao Paulo, and Beijing, central in contributing to India, Brazil, and China’s growth, respectively, perhaps found a way to address a large and eminent gathering composed of attendees from around the world.
The presence of the pollution air pods at the heart of Madrid, in Spain, the venue for the 2019 UN Climate Summit gave the visitors and leaders from around the world a dose of the daily reality that confronts those hailing from the three divergent cities.
But it remains to be asked- how was this achieved? How did the air pods at the UN Climate Summit- in Spain- give a gathering that lives and prevails in atmospheric conditions that are quite contrary to what was being experienced inside the air-pods?
NDTV quoted, “The simulated smog conditions are part of a creative drive for urgent action against air pollution. One or two minutes inside London-based artist Michael Pinsky’s pollution pods and visitors begin experiencing shortness of breath, but there’s nothing dangerous in the air in the pods. Safe perfume blends and fog machines have been used to imitate the air quality of some of the world’s most polluted cities — New Delhi in India, London in Britain, Beijing in China and Sao Paulo in Brazil. Furthermore, The pods also have simulations of clean air from cities like Tautra in Norway. As people go around they can see the contrast between the different cities.”
All of that said, it is important to note that we are living in times where, as if, there was a dearth of economic challenges being faced even by the developed parts of the globe, there’s another evil that’s knocking on the doors; one whose sound can be heard from quite a distance: pollution.
The developing countries live and breathe in what can only be described as exasperating times, in a part of the 21st century where one is crying out loud for an immediate redressal to the Frankenstein, that has perhaps been self-created!