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Data for Change - air pollution projects research

Air pollution is probably one of the most popular topics in today's world. Almost everyone is aware of this serious problem but not many people are actually doing action to prevent any further developments. Even though I did a little bit of research on this topic during my previous project, I decided to approach this brief from a slightly different perspective: by looking at already existing art projects related to this issue.

Polish event organised by people who love music and environment.

As they say on their Facebook page: "It's time to plan the beginning of Summer, because on May 3 and 4, 2019, we will meet again at the Młyn Dolina Pięciu Stawów. The idea that guides this initiative is very simple: we go back to the roots and season them with techno. During the day we plant trees, at night we dance till losing our breath. Just like last year you will have the chance to participate in a variety of workshops, relax in the shade of a tree and become part of the incredible community that is Techno Forest! When planting Techno Forest the best selection of music will be served by the best Polish artists supporting the ecological concept of the event. We will announce the first names of artists soon!". Last year, they managed to plant 476 trees.

I like the idea of having fun and helping the environment. Combining both music and planting trees works in this case but my question is: How could an app or a website help in this particular case?.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/technolas/

"Coca-Cola and the World Wildlife Fund have unveiled a new 60-by-60-foot billboard in the Philippines that's covered in Fukien tea plants, which absorb air pollution. Each plant can absorb up to 13 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. "This billboard helps alleviate air pollution within its proximate areas as it can absorb a total of 46,800 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, on estimate," says botanist Anthony Gao. The rest of the billboard is just as environmentally friendly."

I like the simplicity and direct message. It might be a valuable addition to all the urban roof gardens and green spaces around the city. Could it be possible to create similar billboard on the buses or other means of transport? What affect would it have on the overall pollution rate?




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