Rethink Plastic

Plastic doesn’t go away – it ends up int he depths of the oceans, the bellies of birds and fishes, the bloodstream of babies. In this talk, visual artist Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition, argues that we need to turn off the faucet and change our ways – towards a world free of plastic.

Bash The Trash combines over 20 years of experience performing and teaching in New York by top professional musicians and educators who focus on science (STEM), sound, music, and sustainability. They organize hands-on classroom workshops, longer-term residencies and/or family and community events for K-8th graders. Educators can customize workshops and packages for their schools!

In Plastic Purge, ecologist, SanClements has put together the most up-to-date and scientifically-backed information available to explain how plastics release toxins into your body and the effect they have on your and your children’s health. Both approachable and engaging, Plastic Purge provides easy-to-follow advice for how to use less plastic, thereby reaping the benefits such as eating a healthier diet and living with less clutter. Dividing plastics into three separate categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly, SanClements shows you how to embrace the good (items like your phone or medical equipment), avoid the bad (food storage containers and toys that contain toxic chemicals), and use less of the ugly (single-use plastic that’s just plain wasteful).

In 1997, prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher Charles Moore discovered the world’s largest collection of floating trash—the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (“GPGP”)—while sailing from Hawaii to California. Moore was shocked by the level of pollution that he saw. And in the last 20 years, it’s only gotten worse—a 2018 study has found that the vast dump of plastic waste swirling in the Pacific Ocean is now bigger than France, Germany, and Spain combined—far larger than previously feared.

In Plastic Ocean, Moore recounts his ominous findings and unveils the secret life of plastics. From milk jugs and abandoned fishing gear to polymer molecules small enough to penetrate human skin and be unknowingly inhaled, plastic is now suspected of contributing to a host of ailments, including infertility, autism, thyroid dysfunction, and certain cancers. An urgent call to action, Plastic Ocean’s sobering revelations have been embraced by activists, concerned parents, and anyone alarmed by the deadly impact and implications of this man-made environmental catastrophe.

Our Stolen Future tells the story of how endocrine disruption was discovered, how it works, what it means, and how families can protect themselves and their communities. The content of the book is presented in clear, simple language for a general audience to understand the health and environmental threats created by man-made chemical contaminants that interfere with hormones in humans and wildlife.

Comprehensive K-12 curriculum series of hands-on math and science based activities designed by California Coastal Commission and Center for Marine Conservation to encourage students to think about: the complexity of environmental problems, why we should care about the marine environment, the ocean pollution problem and how individuals can be part of the solution. Save Our Seas is specifically designed to implement the concepts and approaches embodied in the California Science Framework. It is divided into four units: grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12. Each unit concludes with a “real life” success story about what students of all ages are doing to protect our Earth. All curriculum available for download and print.

For K-3:

Sandcastles and sunburns
Marine debris: It can be deadly
Trash: It’s Everywhere
The storm drain connection
Adopt-a-Beach cleanup
Take-home recycling kit