World of the Bizarre
Man sells canned fresh air in China
By T.K. Randall
January 31, 2013 · 34 comments
Image Credit: CC 2.0 Kevin Dooley
In a statement about China's worsening smog crisis, one entrepreneur is selling cans of fresh air.
With a fortune worth more than $740 million, Chen Guangbiao is no stranger to charitable and nationalistic publicity stunts. Having made headlines in the past for showering earthquake victims with bank notes, videoing a car driving over him and giving away 5000 bicycles to discourage driving, Mr. Chen has responded to China's worsening pollution problems by selling cans of fresh air to members of the public.
For a mere five yuan buyers can pick from a number of varieties including pristine Tibet, post-industrial Taiwan and revolutionary Yan'an. "If we don't start caring for the environment then after 20 or 30 years our children and grandchildren might be wearing gas masks and carry oxygen tanks," said Chen.
The concentration of airborne PM 2. 5 particulates - the smallest and most deadly - went off the chart in the early hours of this morning for the second time this month, according to pollution gauge at the American Embassy in Beijing.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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