Where Plastic Ends Up -- An International Perspective on Plastics
Southwestern Pennsylvania is quickly becoming a petrochemical hub, where fracked gas will provide raw material for plastics. Americans use plastic in everything from medical supplies to car parts to grocery bags. And when we throw it away, it ends up somewhere -- as we saw at the 60th Sustainability Salon (Jan 2017), and here in the National Geographic series Planet or Plastics.
Our international visitors have traveled from the Philippines and India to share their story. Myrna Dominguez is a strong voice for the fisherfolk community in the Philippines on plastic pollution impacts. She is with the national fisherfolk organization PANGISDA. Lakshmi Narayanan is the co-founder of an Indian waste pickers’ union and cooperative (Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), who has dedicated her professional life to improving working conditions for low-caste women. Jed Aledago is the social media director for the Break Free From Plastic movement. He lives and works in Manilla, Philippines.
Come hear them this week -- there will be two different events, in Sewickley and the Hill District -- details below. Parking available, and refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public, but please register by calling 412-261-4284 or clicking on one of the links below.
Sponsored by The League of Women Voters, the Breathe Project, Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community, Center for Coalfield Justice, Earthworks and #breakfreefromplastic
Tuesday, May 22nd
Wednesday May 23rd
Sewickley Public Library
Energy Innovation Center
500 Thorn Street Sewickley, PA 15143 143 Bedford Ave, PGH 15219