Journalist Erica Cirino, author of Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis, will discuss the crisis of plastic pollution and how we might fix it. Much of what you’ve heard about plastic pollution may be wrong. Instead of a great island of trash, the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch is made up of man-made debris spread over hundreds of miles of sea; recycling is more complicated than we were taught; and plastic pollution isn’t confined to the open ocean -- it’s in much of the air we breathe and the food we eat.
Detailing experiences from the deck of a plastic-hunting sailboat with a disabled engine, to the labs doing cutting-edge research on microplastics and the chemicals we ingest, Cirino will paint a picture of how plastic pollution is threatening wildlife and human health. She will also help us learn how to make personal and societal shifts that address the causes of the plastic pollution crisis to make a better world for everyone.
Erica Cirino is the Communications Manager of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. She has spent the last decade working as a science writer, author, and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. All welcome!
Photo: Crossing the Atlantic Ocean with eXXpedition aboard SV TravelEdge, 2019. ©Sophie Dingwall