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PPC Webinar | People vs. Plastic: How the UN Plastics Treaty Must Protect Our Health

April 17 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

April is Earth Month, and many people around the world this year are focused on plastic pollution. With the fourth of five sessions of UN Plastics Treaty negotiations taking place in Ottawa, Canada, beginning on April 23, it is critical that key decision makers understand the urgent need to end plastic pollution at the source. It is now evident that plastic is toxic and is poisoning all people. Plastic pollutes throughout its existence, or “life cycle”— which begins with fossil fuel extraction and refining — and people living on the front lines of extraction, production, transportation, and disposal sites are especially harmed.

No matter who you are or where you live, your health is affected by plastics. Microplastics and plastic chemicals are now in all of our bodies, and people living in frontline communities face greatly elevated risks of autoimmune disorders, cancer, heart disease, respiratory problems, and other serious illnesses. This is unacceptable, and threats to our health will only grow more dire without urgent action to end fossil fuel and plastic production.

During our April 17 webinar, we will discuss the impacts of plastics on human health and implications for the UN Plastics Treaty negotiations happening later this month. Our panelists will include: Aidan Charron, Director of End Plastic Initiatives at EARTHDAY.ORG; Dr. Jamala Djinn, Policy Advisor at Break Free From Plastic; and Ruth StringerScience and Policy Coordinator at Healthcare Without Harm. The conversation will be moderated by Renee Sharp, Director of Plastics and Petrochemical Advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).This webinar is being organized in collaboration with EARTHDAY.ORG, whose theme this year for Earth Day on April 22 is Planet vs. Plastic.

Date: Wed., April 17
Time: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Aidan Charron

Aidan Charron (he/him) is a dedicated environmental advocate who is actively engaged in the End Plastics Campaign at Earth Day Network. Drawing inspiration from a childhood spent along the picturesque beaches of North Carolina, Aidan developed a deep-seated passion for the environment. With a focused commitment to plastic legislation at the local, national, and global levels, Aidan strives to raise awareness about the profound impact of plastics on our food, water, air, and overall well-being.

Ruth Stringer

Ruth Stringer (she/her) is an environmental scientist with over 35 years of experience. She started out in research at the University of London as a founding member of Greenpeace’s Science Unit, analyzing hazardous waste including that from the PVC industry. This led to policy work, both on specific technical issues and the broader themes of waste prevention and clean manufacturing. Moving to Health Care Without Harm to specialize in medical waste, she is again focused on plastics, both how to manage them at the back of the hospital, and how to prevent them getting there in the first place.

Dr. Jamala Djinn

Dr. Jamala Djinn (she/they) is a condensed matter and materials physicist and senior policy advisor from Detroit, Michigan. She uses her many years of experience in government and science to work to curb the presence of toxic chemicals in our bodies and the environment. As Policy Advisor for the Break Free From Plastic movement, she is actively involved in discussions with the U.S. government regarding the UN Plastics Treaty negotiations.


Renée Sharp

Renée Sharp (she/her) is the Director of Plastics and Petrochemical Advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and has more than 20 years of experience in environmental policy, research, and program implementation. Prior to joining NRDC, she spent 15 years at Environmental Working Group where she held a variety of roles. Renée has consulted for numerous national NGOs on environmental health and clean energy issues. She also served as the Executive Director of GRID Alternatives Bay Area, where she worked to expand solar power and electric vehicle access for low-income families.



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