In 2008, HEAL and Générations Futures (GF) launched the first edition of this comic book. The idea was to create a bit of fun around the somewhat disturbing issue of how our environment – and especially chemicals and pesticides – affect our health. “Choosing our Future” became an enormous success. In only a couple of months the comic book was downloaded more than 10,000 times, and many people shared the cartoons on their website, their blog and various other social media websites. The success was a clear sign for HEAL and GF that there is a continuous demand for information on the hazardous effects of chemicals and pesticides.
Choosing our Future makes the links between human health and a healthy environment. French comic strip designer, David Ratte has created the stories that bring to life contemporary concerns about the man-made chemicals found in our bodies that are implicated in certain cancers, brain development disorders, asthma, allergies, immune deficiences and falling male fertility. The facts behind the dialogue are explained and supported by scientific and governmental references.
Our aim is provide advocates and the wider public with examples of individual action and European Union policy opportunities that can help change our future for the better.
Download the full comic book here:
- In English - Choosing our future - For a healthier life, consume chemicals in moderation! (2012 edition)
- In French - Choisir notre avenir - Pour une vie plus saine, utilisez les produits chimiques avec modération ! (version 2012)
- In Dutch - Kiezen voor de toekomst _Wil je gezonder leven? Wees dan matig met chemische producten! (editie 2008)
"Choosing our future" has proved to be a hugely successful educational tool. Since the launch of the English and French versions in 2008, we have translated it into Dutch and printed a second edition. We’re always looking for opportunities to use this publication in other countries - if you’d be interested in translating it into your native language please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org!