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An online Community Forum on Friday, May 29 will take a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of people and the planet.
The issues are laid out in “The Story of Plastic,” a film that traces the damage, beginning with fracking of oil and natural gas and petrochemical plants spewing poisonous emissions. It shows failures of recycling: mountains of garbage, rivers and seas clogged with plastic waste and communities suffering health consequences.
Those who register for the 7 p.m. forum on Zoom will receive a link to view the film online in advance. The discussion on May 29 will cover issues raised in the movie and present actionable items for individuals in their personal lives and for the community at large. Three presenters will focus on different aspects.
Lauren Packard, staff attorney for the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, will speak about the intersection of oil and gas fracking, petrochemical plants, plastic pollution and climate change. The Center works with its Climate Law Institute to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems from the catastrophic dangers and damages of global warming.
Cheryl Auger, President of BAN SUP (Ban Single Use Plastic) will focus on strategies for reducing individual reliance on single-use plastics.
John Brooks, Senior Environmental Analyst with the City of Thousand Oaks, will provide an update on the city’s efforts towards zero waste.
Bill Hickman, Southern California Regional Manager with the Surfrider Foundation, will join the panel for a Q&A discussion.
“The Story of Plastic” presents data about recycling that may be surprising. Only about 2 percent of plastic packaging is effectively recycled and 8 million metric tons go into the ocean every year– the equivalent of a city garbage truck dumping a load of plastic into the ocean every minute of every day, according to the World Economic Forum.
The event organized by the Chalice Unitarian Universalist Community Forum is co-sponsored by the Citizens Climate Lobby, Conejo Valley and the Chalice Climate Action Team. To register for viewing the film and joining the Zoom session, go to chaliceuu.org/justice/community-forum/. For information, email Randall Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her through the church office at (805) 498-9548.