Hooked on Plastic: Truths about Plastic Pollution, Disposable Culture and Its Toxic Impacts
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Screening @ Hub SoMa: 901 Mission St. SF
$5-$15 free for Intersection for the Arts and Hub members
Please join us for an evening of short films and panel discussion highlighting the spiraling problem of plastic pollution in the oceans, on land, and inside of our bodies. Featured speakers include Manuel Maqueda who will explain multiple ramifications of the plastic pollution problem and what the Plastic Pollution Coalition is doing to empower action and raise awareness about the issue as well as viable solutions; Beth Terry will give insight on how to live without single-use plastics, and Judith Selby Lang will discuss how making art out of these disposable materials can inspire the public to reflect on their own habits and become proactive.
In collaboration with the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
Manuel Maqueda co-founded Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of organizations, businesses and individuals who share the mission to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, the environment, and wildlife worldwide. PPC provides a network and platform for strategic planning and coherent communications; increases awareness and understanding of the problem and sustainable solutions; and empowers action to eliminate the negative impacts of plastics on the environment, wildlife, marine life, and human health.
Beth Terry, a single-use plastic free lifestyle guru, has been living plastic-free since 2007 and blogging the heck out of it at FakePlasticFish.com. She collects and tallies her own plastic waste and writes about plastic-free alternatives to raise awareness about disposable plastic in our lives. This approach supports her beliefs that individual actions and personal awareness are essential for creating the kind of world in which we want to live and the impetus to spark bigger actions.
Judith Selby Lang is an artist who gives aesthetic form to what is considered to be garbage with the intention of enchanting and engaging people so that they will consider the issues and become proactive. She participates in the Women Environmental Artists Directory and is currently working on an on-going series of art works about plastic pollution, the oceans and the environment. Since 1999, she and Richard Lang have been collecting beach plastic from Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore then collaboratively shaping it into artworks and installations. From that one beach they have collected almost 2 tons of plastic, which has washed ashore from as far away as Asia and as close to home as the San Francisco Bay.