One thing NYC has lots of is pigeosn and as well it has lots of air pollution. Now there’s a way to use the pigeons to help with the air pollution.
It is estimated that over 3,000 New Yorkers die each year as result of air pollution caused by vehicle emissions, factories and fuel burning of various kinds. Just last year New Yorkers were encouraged to walk the High Line because it’s good for their health getting up above the air pollution that blankets the city.
Now our cousins in London, who also have both lots of pigeons and heaps of pollution have come up with a way to use pigeons to monitor their air pollution and then use the data to put pollution abatement actions in place where they are needed. Lets not re-invent the wheel, let’s just copy their great idea and put NYC’s pigeons to work.
Pigeon data collection is cute as well as clever. The pigeons wear little backpacks that contain miniaturized monitoring devices and very businesslike they look too as they fly off to do their thing. I’m sure our fashion aficionados could come up with very attractive pigeon backpacks.
The pigeons only do a 3 day shift, their health is monitored the whole time and fit racing pigeons have been found to be the best ones to do the job. Don’t forget, just as they point out in the the video, pigeons have been used for various tasks related to their remarkable ability to learn how to carry messages of various sorts for centuries.
NYC’s critters often get a really bad rap because they cause so many problems. Rats, coyotes and various kinds of bugs all make New Yorkers lives more diffiuclt than they need to be. So the idea of using NYC’s pigeons to carry out this hugely useful task seems like a good way of celebrating our critters instead of disliking what they do.
Now who in NYC would be the right person to champion this idea and put our pigeons to good use?