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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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KorraLover10 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Some Chinese are illegally fishing in Korea and Japan. Yeah they can pay for shipments but for some reason they want to keep their money so badly that they're breaking laws made between other countries.
UnbearableME Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
this is a realy good picture :/
Luccccccccerina Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
The pollution goes over so high... 180 is pretty high for my birth country... But it's average at China... It might also be a deal with the population they have but this is why my parents get really protective of what I eat and drink (Only stuff that's shipped from other countries she says...) But I feel guilty, because they have the money to keep me safe but I don't feel like I deserve it... And black markets in China is big, a lot of illegal stuff... But people depend on illegal things to live, we can't just destroy it. So a solution that might be impossible but as long as we try, it'll make at least one more person's life better.
jeffthekillar Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it"
                                                               - Henry David Thoreau
ax0l0tl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
wow. What a powerful message. You conveyed it with such terrifying beauty. This illustration really brings emotion to the harsh truth.
Crystyle-Saga Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am not seeing a baby on a ground .n.
TheseAreTheWords Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

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

Henry David Thoreau

snugglesmesilly Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
makes me wanna cry, its really heart breaking
Yume-angel-96 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this really breaks my heart
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