The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic panel discussion

The Story of Plastic Film Screening

& Online Panel Discussion held

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

HoCo Climate Action, Less Plastic Please, and Howard County Sierra Club presented a panel discussion and Q&A on June 24, 2020, after the online screening of the powerful documentary, The Story of Plastic. During this extraordinary time of the pandemic and demands for racial and environmental justice, we organized the panel of experts who discussed all aspects of the plastic crisis. As we highlighted during the discussion, plastic pollution is an environmental justice and public health crisis: Fracking, plastics production, litter, and disposal in landfills and by incineration harm communities of color disproportionately. Social Justice. Racial Justice. Environmental Justice. We believe these are all part of a single, globally connected Movement for Justice.

THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the crisis of plastic pollution and its threat to all life on our planet. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing.

View the trailer HERE. Information to watch the film is HERE.


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Special Thanks to:

The Planning Committee

Liz Feighner, Charlie Goedeke, Pat Hershey,

Elisabeth Hoffman, Carolyn Parsa, Ruth Alice White

Technical Support from Maryland Sierra Club

Martha Ainsworth, Chair, Zero Waste Committee

Gary Young, Webinar Support

Ron Kaltenbaugh, Video Editor

Grant from Food and Water Watch