2020 ENVIRONMENTAL SPEAKER SERIES – PLANET IN CRISIS: SCIENCE & SURVIVAL
Plastics, Politics, and Public Health
Join Shaw Institute for a free online webinar with with Susan Shaw, Dr.P.H., Founder/Director, Shaw Institute and Professor of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences, University at Albany, NY
Has COVID-19 produced a plastic pandemic? From disposable PPE to plastic on-line shopping, US consumption has increased up to 300%, exacerbating an already dire plastics crisis worldwide. A glut of unrecyclable plastic is flowing to oceans and landfills, while some 40% goes to open-burning dumps. When plastic burns, the toxic smoke poses a cancer risk for fire fighters and millions of people worldwide. Dr. Shaw takes a realistic look at the toll of rising plastic on human health and our natural world.