She asks the little girl 3 questions about her life. Her answers are pretty devastating.

Journalist Chai Jing made a documentary that has been viewed over 150 million times in China.

In the U.S., the documentary is only just starting to get attention.

It's about the stunning and tragic effects of pollution on people and families across China — including Jing's own family.

A photo-a-day for 40 days in 2014 documented the effects of smog in China.

At the 3:45 mark, she plays a clip of an interview she did with a little girl in 2004 that drives home the point in a truly heartbreaking way.

This interview was 10 years ago. That's 10 years of children growing up without seeing blue skies, or stars, or clouds. That's heartbreaking.

Jing explains that for years, people in China have been told that air pollution is not a big deal and that if they expose their kids to it early on, they'll build up an immunity to it.

There's only one thing wrong with that: science.

Just like lungs shouldn't have to adapt to small particles of pollution invading them with every breath, children shouldn't have to adapt to life without blue skies, stars, or clouds.

The story behind the documentary is fascinating — this post by my colleague Mike Su gives some terrific context. For an exclusive summarized translation of the entire documentary, that you can read at your leisure, check out this post.

Or you can watch the first 10 minutes of the documentary (with Upworthy's exclusive English subtitles) here:


Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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