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Plastic: The Big Picture, Local Insights, and What You Can Do!

April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Microplastics are all around us. They have been found in human kidneys, livers, lungs, spleens, and mother’s milk.  Single use plastics pollute our roadways and our beaches, and they create vast islands of waste in our oceans, choking our marine life.  Chemicals used to create and destroy plastic are in the air we breathe and sicken our children, especially in communities of color.

We were convinced that we, the consumers of plastic, were responsible for correcting this environmental disaster—all we had to do was recycle—only to find that no more than 10 percent of our plastic waste is actually recycled.  Much of what is sent to recycling is shipped to economically struggling countries, contributing to health and environmental emergencies abroad.  Even as this environmental crisis mounts, the oil industry is increasing its production and promotion of plastic to offset the loss of financial profit from falling consumption of fossil fuels.

How do we respond to this assault on our health and our environment?  One response is to arm ourselves with knowledge.

Please join the Kitsap League of Women Voters and the Olympic College’s joint webinar on Wednesday, April 21st, at 5PM for “Plastic: The Big Picture, Local Insights, and What You Can Do!”

Link to join Webinarhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/83987893485

Closed captioning will be available on the Zoom webinar.

As a part of Olympic College’s Earth Week celebration, Dr. Heather Trim, from Zero-Waste Washington, will discuss a big-picture overview of plastic issues in our country and state. Kingston residents Hans and Nicholas Schippers, from Parley for the Oceans, will address our local challenges and their efforts to educate future generations about how to take action.  And, finally, Lori Cloutier, founder of Poulsbo Rotary’s “Trash Talk Task Force” will help us effectively recycle when we must.  So if you have questions about recycling, be sure to bring them to the program for Lori to answer.

 

Plastic: The Big Picture, Local Insights, and What You Can Do!