Choosing our future

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The comic book "Choosing our future" highlights — in a humourous and simple way — the recent evidence of harm to health from certain widely used chemicals.

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.

In the menu on the right you will find each cartoon separately, an introduction and more helpful information in the glossary section and on the resources pages.

Download the full comic book here:

"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!

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The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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