Target: Daan Roosegaarde
Goal: Support Daan Roosegaarde’s attempt to clean polluted air by transforming smog into synthetic diamonds
As one of the most air-polluted cities in the world, Beijing, China is the perfect place for Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde to work on his new SMOG project: an innovative attempt to capture smog and create clean air. Roosegaarde has reached an agreement with Chinese officials to build a massive air-purifier in a Beijing park, and he needs to be praised and supported for his work to purify air in such a clean, imaginative way.
Roosegaarde is an artist and the director of the global design company Studio Roosegaarde. He and his team of engineers and artists have won numerous awards throughout the world for their work exploring the “dynamic relation between people, technology, and space,” including the Best Future Concept by the Dutch Design Awards 2012 for his studio’s work creating a “Smart Highway” that can help save energy by utilizing lights and road signs that change as traffic changes.
Roosegaarde’s SMOG project seeks to employ “patented ion technology to create large holes of clean air.” According to Roosegaarde, by “creating a field of ions, all the particles on the nano scale get positively charged, therefore when the ground is negatively charged, you can drag them to the ground, and purify the air—75 percent, 80 percent more clean.” He also argues that since smog is comprised largely of carbon, he can compress the captured carbon to create synthetic diamonds, which can be sold as jewelry to celebrate the SMOG project’s efforts to purify the air.
Sign the petition below to let Daan Roosegaarde know you support his SMOG project. If successful, his air purifiers may be built in cities throughout the world and help purify our planet’s polluted skies.
Dear Mr. Roosegaarde,
I recently learned about your planned SMOG project in Beijing and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your innovative efforts to help clean our planet’s polluted air. Your plan to use your patented ion technology to vacuum carbon-rich smog particles from the air is bold, innovative, and brilliant. Not only will it clean the air, but, as you’ve argued, you can then compress the captured carbon and make synthetic diamonds.
Our planet’s skies are rife with polluted particles. Not only will the SMOG project help clean Beijing’s smog-filled skies, but its imaginative, science-fiction aura will help raise awareness about the global problem of air pollution. Thank you for your great work.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Brian Jeffery Beggerly via Flickr