During the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in China, large-scale festive events were held.
On September 3, 2015, China marked the 70th anniversary of the Chinese people’s victory in the war against Japan with a grand military parade.
It was the largest parade ever held in Beijing, with thousands of people taking to the streets of the Chinese capital. However, people were not only attracted by the festive events but also by an extremely rare phenomenon – a clear blue sky. It was the result of determined actions taken by the authorities to ensure a perfect blue backdrop for the special occasion.
The celebration involved 12,000 military personnel from 50 different military units, as well as hundreds of fighter jets. Veterans and active-duty servicemen ranging from 20 to 100 years old participated in the parade.
A parade of this scale requires months, and sometimes years, of preparation. As for the Victory Parade in Beijing in 2015, numerous restrictions were imposed by the country’s government before the ceremonial events took place.
During this time, hundreds of factories were closed, and half of the five million registered cars in Beijing disappeared from the streets.
In the morning of the parade, the Air Quality Index (AQI) dropped to an impressive 17 out of 500, indicating very clean air. The clear blue skies made the residents of the capital come out onto the streets and admire the impressive beauty.
What happened the next day The day after the Victory Parade, authorities announced that all cars could return to the roads. The air pollution index in some parts of the city quickly returned to a very unhealthy level of 160 out of 500.
Here’s what Beijing’s sky looked like during the Victory Parade in September 2015:
You can see how clear and bright it was on that day…
And here’s what Beijing looked like a few weeks later.
The sky became gray and gloomy, but the future doesn’t have to look as ominous. What was done specifically for the Victory Parade showed that it is still possible to change the situation.
Air pollution has very negative consequences, just like carbon emissions and the vast number of cars on the streets of various cities. We have heard about it many times before. But we may not fully understand that it is within our power to change the world for the better.
What happened in Beijing demonstrates how it is possible to improve the environment on our planet. By removing cars from the streets and stopping emissions from various industries, Beijing underwent truly impressive changes in just two weeks.
It is in our power to make the climate more favorable, thereby saving our planet. Humanity possesses much greater capabilities than it may seem. Think about it the next time you get behind the wheel of your car. Ask yourself if you are capable of covering the necessary distance on foot.
I hope that we can provide future generations with a clean, blue sky above their heads, as it only requires switching to bicycles or using public transportation – just a few times a week.
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