You're one year dumber than you could be. At least if you're one of 95% of the world's population.
How much are we, as individuals, actually being hurt? Do we even know? How do we know what is good air, bad air and when we are breathing it? Should we not have Air Quality sensors on our clothing? On our watches? On wherever? If we don’t know, how can we take decisions? Or are we asking government to do it for us again as though we are helpless saps. If we have the data on the air we breathe within the metre square of where we are standing, we could do something about it. Perhaps we would frequent cafes that have ionisers; have meetings in the park.
In a time where climate change is one of perhaps only three or four world-ending cataclysms that might realistically take proper hold, how is it possible that we do not each of us have a shoulder-mounted sensor of some kind constantly recording the air quality of the atmosphere each of personally intake, so that at least we might understand our likely livelihood (and now, unattainable IQ)?
You and I might be a lost cause. Our generation is going to live or die whenever it lives or dies. The especially sardonic amongst us might say the same about the next generation too, given how long it takes technology to properly roll back human failure. But our children will have to solve this problem for their children, and when they do they will look at us with shame, and wonder how we could possible have left them with such a catastrophic mess to clean up. Yet even for us, data can help. It can create transparency on the heterogeneity of the pollution, it can *shock/horror* create a market for spaces with better air.