The air pollution in China is so bad that there's actually an artist who goes around the streets of Beijing with a vacuum cleaner, sucking up the smoggy air and turning the coal particles into bricks. Yes, BRICKS made from air pollution in China.
Meet Nut Brother, who has hit the streets of Beijing in order to show the world how very real and very terrifying China's pollution crisis has become. He says, "I want to show this absurdity to more people. I want people to see that we cannot avoid or ignore this problem and that we must take real action." During Beijing's most recent, record-breaking smog levels which resulted in a city-wide "red alert" and the pulling of 5 million cars off of the roads, many residents claimed that they couldn't tell whether it was night or day outside.
Nut Brother, whose real name is Wang Renzheng, literally walks the streets and vacuums up pollutants, later turning the dusty, particulate air into solid bricks. He claims not to be an activist, but rather a "normal person who's passionate about the environment...who wants to use imaginative ways to change society." This is certainly an attention-grabber and a call to action. We can only hope it will make some sort of a difference, at least in terms of awareness as a start.
As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes can make a huge difference.