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Jack is late. Air pollution and health at a bus stop

Federica Manzoli  

Jack is a young boy at a bus stop. He's worried: the bus doesn't arrive and he's afraid to be late at school. His teacher will be angry. She will call the parents, who will get worried. And his friend Jimmy will be very disappointed not to get back his videogame. That's the first scene of an uncompleted theatre script, which develops through other four characters, entering the stage: Jack's teacher, a pediatrician, a technician expert of environmental monitoring, and the major of the city. They all gather at the bus stop, reflecting on the air pollution and its effect on health, each from his/her own perspective. The theatre script is the base for a 75 minutes laboratory to discuss about this topic in a simple, constructive and friendly way, with groups of people from different backgrounds and ages (max 25 participants), in a few steps: completion of the script by the participants themselves; performance; elaboration of final recommendations to improve the state of the local environment - and consequently of the health of its inhabitants; their dispatch via mail/local newspapers/social networks to the local decision makers. In our presentation, we will: show the structure of the activity; discuss its application in the field of risk communication - and in a controversial topic as the environmental health; face the theoretical and practical issues involved. This laboratory was created by the Environmental Epidemiology Unit at the Italian Institute for Clinical Physiology (National Research Centre) and performed in science festivals and schools in Italy. It is one of the communication product developed inside the LIFE+ GIOCONDA project (2014-2016), aimed to build environmental health governance tools that include the young citizens voice. An abstract regarding other research results of the project GIOCONDA has been submitted under the Conference presentation format "individual papers".

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