Join us for a seminar on:
PLASTICS & TOXICS
An Environmental Forum of Marin (EFM) seminar, co-sponsored by Green Sangha
Sat, Mar 31, 9 am to 1 pm. Marin Sanitary’s Environmental Classroom, 535 Jacoby St., second floor
In 2000, a Worldwatch Paper estimated that 50,000 to 100,000 synthetic chemicals were in production, with approximately 3 new chemicals being added every day. Where do all these chemicals go when we are done using them? The EPA has developed an annual report, the Toxic Release Inventory to help citizens, businesses, and policy makers get a clearer idea of what is going into the environment by the millions of tons every year (see their 1:13 minute video here).
The 2010 TRI report showed that disposal or other releases of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals increased by 50% from 2009. What does this mean to our health, and to the integrity of life-support systems around the globe?
Come hear Dr. Marion Guyer of Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Chris Pincetich of Sea Turtle Restoration Project, and Monica Wilson of GAIA (Global Action for Incinerator Alternatives) as they describe the risks posed in particular by toxic substances in plastics used by each of us daily, and by the careless burning of plastics that still occurs around the world. Then hear special guest Hilary Staples of the Biomimicry Institute share stunning possibilities to help us conceptualize and bring about a shift to life-sustaining materials — quieting our cleverness, listening to nature, and substituting deep knowledge and creativity for synthetics.
Cost: $20; students with current ID $10
Registration: Saturday Seminars