No Man’s Land
Environmental Practices | Circular Economy
Age Suitability: All Ages
From pollution to solutions, from arts to science, from talks to trees, from cars to chaos, and with a few performances thrown in, we ask: Why do people pollute and what can be done about it? In this festival area become part of the experiment finding the answer.
People pollute public environmental spaces. What starts as freedom to enjoy common property that is “free-for-all” often ends up turning into the “Tragedy of the Commons”, where environmental quality suffers, and everyone is worse-off. This suggests that regulation is necessary. The question is, how should regulation be designed to work?
Think about the issue in “The Art of Pollution”, which beautifully illustrates the research in tongue-in-cheek cartoons. You will be able to be a part of a behavioural experiment in “The Science of Pollution”. This experiment shows how environmental behaviour can be influenced with the right message. Children will be encouraged to create a toy simulation of traffic congestion to cut the term “The Theory of Externalities” down to size.
And to top it all off there will be a tree planting workshop promoting “Voluntary contribution to Public Goods” facilitated by the ‘Grow 10 Trees’ initiative. A dedicated space will focus on how business can adopt “circular business practices” that reduce pressure on resources used and generate less waste. There will be talks and interactive theatrical performances around the stands. Participants are invited to provide feedback on snippets and images from the forthcoming publication “No Man’s Land, People, Place and Pollution” by Marie Briguglio and Steve Bonello.
This area showcases some of the work funded by the University of Malta’s Internal Research Grant (2017) on “The Determinants of Environmental Practices in Maltese Households and Firms: A Behavioural Economic Perspective”; as well as the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding project “R2π – tRansition from linear 2 circular: Policy and Innovation”.