The Planet's Plastic Crisis and Our Health

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Aside from being unsightly, single-use disposable plastic is a serious climate concern. Plastic production and waste mismanagement--from the extraction of component materials to various manufacturing processes--pose significant threats to climate stability, biotic and abiotic natural resources, human health and quality of life.

This program will feature Dana Ripper, who will discuss the various points in plastic production and waste management where change can be made and how you can become involved in that change. She is a wildlife ecologist who focuses on conservation via ecosystem health. In 2010, she co-founded the Missouri River Bird Observatory, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation via science, education and advocacy. One of MRBO's major emphases is systemic reduction in single-use plastics, and it is an affiliate organization of break Free From Plastic and Beyond Plastics.