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Webinar: Plastic Pollution Solutions
Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 10:30 am — 11:30 am
From plastic-packaged food in the kitchen to toothbrushes and shampoo in the bathroom; from the carpet on the floor to the clothes in our closets, our world is full of plastic! Although some plastics make our lives better, much of it is a problem—polluting our oceans and beaches and harming our health with toxic chemicals. Join us for inspiring stories and practical tips about how each one of us can reduce plastic. Author Beth Terry and policy specialist Genevieve Abedon will share their journeys and explain why we can’t just recycle our way out of this mess.
After learning about the devastating effects of plastic pollution on the environment and human health, Beth Terry began an experiment to see if she could live without buying any new plastic. Since then she has reduced her plastic waste to less than 2% of the national average. That experiment turned into the popular blog MyPlasticFreeLife.com and new book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. A founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Terry’s work and life have been profiled in the award-winning film Bag It, as well as Susan Freinkel’s book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story and Captain Charles Moore’s Plastic Ocean.
After realizing plastics were everywhere—including even the most remote places on Earth—Genevieve got involved with The 5 Gyres Institute and participated in a plastics pollution research expedition from Bermuda to Iceland. That experience inspired her to change her lifestyle and devote her career to the issue. Genevieve worked with Californians Against Waste on banning microbeads in California and upholding the state’s plastic bag ban. She currently works at Ecoconsult in Sacramento, CA where she is working on a statewide polystyrene ban, among other issues. She is on the Executive Committee for the PRR Technical Council of CRRA, as well as various working groups and coalitions such as the Clean Seas Coalition