Smog. What is it good for? Well, absolutely nothing.
It is the bane of city drivers worldwide, and it’s not going away without a fight. Change is always hard to swallow, as are hard truths. Without a push from city-dwellers to compel lawmakers to restrict pollution levels in factories, cars, and boats, that haze you find yourself driving through on July mornings is here to stay.
Los Angeles, New York City, Cleveland, and San Francisco are some of the United States’ worst offenders (notice that sunny California is listed twice. This shouldn’t surprise you). Los Angeles specifically has a terrible metro system. I’ve been staying here the past two weeks attending a film conference, and am blown away by the bad air around me, along with the seemingly lack of care from residents.
Hopefully, Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ concept will do away with a large portion of smog, and upgrade the city’s near non-existent metro system. Unfortunately, that won’t happen for several years, if ever.
Big cities need a “green” push to bring them into the 21st century. Gone are the days of reckless polluting, unregulated factories, and poorly designed car engines. However, you wouldn’t know that if you took a drive through NYC in the summer time. We shouldn’t be experiencing “bad air days” any longer. Quite frankly, our 22nd century grandchildren will be ashamed of their 21st century grandparents, unless we change the path we’re on.
Laws take time to pass, which is understandable, but the laws first need to be written to have any chance at affecting change. It is up to us to make our voices sound louder than the smokestack down the street. To help encourage you along the way, here’s a short clip documenting smog in Los Angeles over the years:
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