Chinese artist known as Nut Brother uses rock music to fight pollution and draw attention to water, air, and soil pollution in China. “It’s heavy metal against heavy metals,” Nut Brother tells Sixth Tone.

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The 41-year-old artist uses music to highlight the overlooked environmental and social issues in China. This performance art slips through the cracks of China’s controlled media. The “heavy metal” tour is Nut Brother’s project to help call attention to pollution issues in remote areas of the country. Nut Brother has a team of 30 people conducting research, writing lyrics, and composing beats for him. Nut Brother tours across the country and focuses on rural areas.

Although there have been a lot of improvements over the last decade, pollution is still a big problem in China. 2021 was the first year that the capital, Beijing, met China’s national air quality standards. However, many fear that the contamination of water and soil is often overlooked.

Nut Brother hopes to reach a large audience in China and call attention to the remote areas that are often forgotten about in the fight against pollution. In remote areas, trash is burned, and chemical fertilizers are sprayed on crops which leads the land to be contaminated with heavy metals. 

“Small places have no power to speak out,” Nut Brother said. “In the mainstream, their voice is so small it’s imperceptible.”

Pollution is an invisible killer and has been linked to so many diseases, including fatty liver disease, depression, and other mental health issues, and a study even found that nearly 6 million babies born prematurely in 2019 were likely linked to air pollution. Eating meat has been linked to a rise in air pollution, and factory farms are one of the biggest to blame for our dirty air. According to the WHO, an estimated 4.2 million people every year are killed from outdoor air pollution, and 99 percent of the global population breathes air that exceeds WHO guideline limits, with low and middle-income areas disproportionately affected.

Check out these eco-artists that are using their art to call attention to the massive problem of air pollution and sign the petition to demand federal clean-up of disproportionately affected polluted areas in the United States.

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