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Learning About Pollution Can Be Fun ... When You Get To Pick A Giant Nose

Rachel Filippini

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.

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, Aug. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 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.


Credit Rachel Filippini / Allegheny Front
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Air quality defenders Sandra Luo, Jeremy Vandenberg and Emily Persico (L-R).

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