Erik Nitsche: Weather Vane in a Clean Sky
Artist: Erik Nitsche
Breathing clean air is no longer a luxury to be taken for granted. For as the world's population continues to grow ... and nations continue to become more industrialized ... the pollution of the atmosphere has become more widespread. Although the problem of air pollution has become more prevalent in recent years, it is a problem with a very long history. For centuries, the smoking chimney has meant warmth, wealth, and work. But along with these benefits, it has filled the air with smoke, smells, and toxic gases. Even in ancient Rome, the dangers of air pollution were realized, and lawsuits came about because of it. The philoshpher Seneca warned of the dangers of the "thick air" in Rome caused by the smoke from chimneys. After Word War II, the enormous economic development brought the world higher standards of living, but also a worsening air pollution problem. To combat this worldwide problem, important international pacts have been made to keep the air clean. It is hoped that these efforts will protect man as well as protect plants and animals -- and even help preserve buildings and memorials.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Germany 80pf Fresh Air stamp issued May 5, 1986.
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