Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rhinestone gas masks & social protest

A rhinestone gas mask on the runway at China Fashion Week in Beijing: China’s forays into restoring capitalism come with all the necessary fashion accessories. Or is fashion a Chinese form of samizdat protest against heavily polluted cities & waterways, widespread chemical contamination, mercury pollution from coal plants & carbon emissions that threaten the planet? This fact sheet gives an idea of the massive, widespread, bold scale of environmental protest in China that relies less on metaphor & more on challenging the government's reckless disregard for nature & human welfare:    (Photo by Alexander F. Yuan/AP)

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