WHY PUBLIC SMOG?
The benefits of a clean air park are obvious. Less exposure to particulates and toxins in the air we breathe provides immediate and long term health benefits. Reducing CO2 emissions will help mitigate the unknown impacts of climatic change.
However, a park, as a protected preserve, suggests there are other zones where compromised air quality is accepted. Only a total clean air park, held equitably by a global public, would provide an environmentally just framework for “unavoidable” pollution.
Only by buying and withholding all greenhouse gas ‘commodities’ from the market to create a total global clean air park (and only if all greenhouse and smog-forming gases were deemed commoditites) would be truly effective way for Public Smog to slow the rate of anthropogenically forced climate change. Anything less would fail.
PUBLIC SMOG also suggests that as common-pool resources like the atmosphere are indivisible, a sanctuary is impossible. Pollution refuses to obey boundaries - physical, financial, or political.