Prove your humanity

Our region’s dirty air is a big problem. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun with it, right?

GASP – the Group Against Smog and Pollution – is trying to make learning about air pollution and its impacts on our health a little more engaging. Or gross, depending on who you ask.

LISTEN: “Making Air Pollution Fun? Try Picking This Nose.”

At the Pittsburgh nonprofit’s new exhibit you can make boogers (slime) laced with pollution (beads and sequins) and pick a giant nose to learn facts about air pollution. But it’s the real. live. pig. lungs that have the kids (and adults) most excited. Here’s a video of them in action: 

This pig probably didn’t smoke. Or grown up in Pittsburgh. It’s lungs are nice and pink and hold a LOT of air.

You, too, can pump up some real pig lungs, dress up as an air quality super hero, or pick the giant nose — you know you want to.


GASP’s Air Fair is open Thursday, August 10th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Assemble on Penn Avenue in Garfield. There will even be air pollution desserts!  Parts of the exhibit will remain on display for the rest of August.

Air Quality Defenders Sandra Luo, Jeremy Vandenberg, Emily Persico, L-R. (Photo: Rachel Filippini)