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Knite: True Price by yuumei Knite: True Price by yuumei

This is a page from my work in progress comic Knite ch4. I normally don't post single pages on my main account but I think this one deserves a bit more attention.

In the age of industrialization, the people of China, like the rest of the modern world, wants cheap and quick energy. Right now, most of their energy is from burning coal, and one new coal factory is built per week. The incredible amount of pollution there is almost unbearable. Every time I visit the land of my birth, I can hardly breath. Sometimes I have panic attacks, trying to get away from the suffocating air only to realize you can't escape from something that surrounds you.

The price of cheap energy is more than just low quality air, it can have real consequences on people's health. There's a steady rise in birth defects and still births in relation to the rising pollution. People need to realize everything comes at a cost. Be it Chinese coal or Canadian tar sand oil, you may temporary lower the price of energy and gas and save a few dollars, but the ultimate price you pay in the long term is far higher.

But there is hope. China is also building new wind turbines and solar grids at an incredible rate. The transition to sustainable energy is a must, and not just for China but the entire world. Whether you are choosing between a new fridge, car, policy, or president, remember to look beyond price tag of the dollar, and see what the true cost is in the long run. If a politician promises lower gas and energy prices at the cost of the environment and all future generations, then is't not worth it. Think about it. Is the future of our children so worthless that you would prefer to save a few dollars now and let them suffer later?

For those who are unfamiliar with Knite, you can read the comic here and this particular page is from ch4 beta which can be found on my other account :iconknites:

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I swear the last time I went to Beijing train station and walked around the streets to the EXPO I felt like I was breathing in water...
the pollution sucks, it's like you're suffocating but you can't get out...okay well I got used to it
TheseAreTheWords Jan 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it"
                                                               - Henry David Thoreau
wow. What a powerful message. You conveyed it with such terrifying beauty. This illustration really brings emotion to the harsh truth.
Crystyle-Saga Oct 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am not seeing a baby on a ground .n.
TheseAreTheWords Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."

Henry David Thoreau

makes me wanna cry, its really heart breaking
Yume-angel-96 Sep 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
this really breaks my heart
Hermione-Cullen-18 Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

wow, I had never thought of it that way, I love your Knite comics, they are so well drawn and the story is so well written, that I fell in love with it instantly...

I love your work, and I agree completely with what you are saying too!!

summer52446 Jul 29, 2013   Photographer
wow this is so beautiful. I love the way you draw and the style that it is done with! you are the best :D 
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