We would not drink polluted unhealthy water, because we see it is polluted but,…what if we would see the air?
The question of why we don’t care about healthy air is a complex one with no easy answer. There are a number of factors that contribute to this problem, including:
- The lack of immediate consequences: Air pollution is often an invisible threat, and the effects of breathing polluted air can take years or even decades to manifest. This can make it difficult for people to connect their health problems to the air they breathe, and it can also lead to a sense of complacency among policymakers and the public.
- The perceived trade-offs: Many people believe that there are trade-offs between economic growth and environmental protection, and they are willing to accept some level of air pollution in order to have a higher standard of living. This can make it difficult to implement policies that would reduce air pollution, even if these policies have clear benefits for public health.
- The lack of personal responsibility: Some people believe that it is not their responsibility to take action to protect the air quality, and that they should instead rely on government agencies to do so. This can make it difficult to encourage people to make changes in their own lives, such as using public transportation, walking or cycling, or using energy-efficient appliances.
- The complexity of the issue: Air pollution is a complex issue with many different causes, and it can be difficult to identify and implement effective solutions. This can lead to frustration and apathy among policymakers and the public, and it can make it difficult to make progress on this issue.
If we could see the polluted ambient air with augmented reality glasses, would we care more?
There is a good possibility that we would care more about air pollution if we could see it with augmented reality glasses. This is because seeing air pollution in real time would make it a more tangible and immediate threat, which could motivate us to take action to reduce it.
Imagine if you were walking down the street and you could see the air around you filled with pollution. You might be able to see the particles of dust, smoke, and other pollutants floating in the air. You might even be able to see the different colors of the air, depending on the types of pollutants present. How scary would that be?
This type of visualization could be very effective in raising awareness of air pollution. It could help people to understand the extent of the problem and the potential health risks associated with it. It could also motivate people to take action to reduce their own emissions, such as driving less, walking or biking more, and using energy-efficient appliances.
Several companies are working on developing augmented reality apps that can visualize air pollution. The data is displayed in different colors, with green representing good air quality and red representing bad air quality.
The only drawback at this point is a fancy augmented reality glasses and the right sotware which nobody developed yet
The lack of widely available and affordable augmented reality glasses is a significant drawback to this approach. However, there are several companies working on developing these glasses, and it is likely that they will become more affordable and accessible in the near future.
In the meantime, there are a number of other ways to raise awareness of air pollution. These include:
- Educating people about the causes and effects of air pollution.
- Providing real-time air quality data to the public.
- Creating public art and events that raise awareness of air pollution.
- Supporting policies that reduce air pollution.
By working together, we can create a healthier and more sustainable future for ourselves and for generations to come.
That leaves us with The perceived trade-off – lack of personal responsibility – complexity of the issue