Earth Day Family Festival

March 20 , 11:30 am 3:00 pm EDT

Join the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and craft workshops while you learn how art and science can help protect the earth. Attendees of all ages can enjoy nature-themed activities and there will be face painting for children 12 and under. A scavenger hunt in the galleries features works from both museums that highlight the Earth’s natural wonders and the various ways artists help care for our planet.

Event location: Kogod Courtyard

Free. Registration Encouraged.

February 15 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EST

February is Black History Month in the U.S., and despite major social justice wins over the last few decades, systemic racial and class injustices unfortunately continue to impact the lives of historically underserved groups. The serious consequences are clear: In the U.S., low-income, rural, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are disproportionately subject to and harmed by polluted air, waters, and soils from industrial infrastructure and activities

Join us on February 15 for our webinar From the Frontline: Petrochemicals, Plastics, and Cancer Alley. During this event, hear from frontline activists from communities of color across America’s industrial plastic and petrochemical corridors, who will discuss how they are taking action to protect themselves and their neighbors from pollution and injustice—and how you can, too

Our panelists for this important conversation include “The Father of Environmental JusticeDr. Robert Bullard; RISE St. James Louisiana Executive Assistant Shamyra Lavigne; and Founder & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, Reverend Lennox Yearwood. The conversation will be moderated by Plastic Pollution Coalition Communications Manager, Erica Cirino, author of Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis.

Date: Thurs., February 15
Time: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Panelists

Dr. Robert Bullard

Robert D. Bullard (he/him) is the founding director of the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice and a distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University. Dr. Bullard is often called the “father of environmental justice.” He is also co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium, and co-chair of the National Black Environmental Justice Network.  Bullard is the author of eighteen books that address environmental racism, urban land use, housing, transportation, sustainability, smart growth, climate justice, and community resilience. In 2019, Apolitical named him one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy. In 2020, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) honored him with its Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2021, President Biden appointed him to serve on the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) and in 2023 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Shamyra Lavigne

Shamyra Lavigne (she/her) is a native of St. James, Louisiana. Shamyra is a 3rd generation human rights activist. In 2020, Shamyra returned to her hometown to fight for environmental justice at RISE St. James Louisiana, a faith-based, grassroots nonprofit organization fighting for the eradication of petrochemical emissions impacting disenfranchised Black communities in St. James Parish and surrounding areas. Shamyra currently serves as an Advisor on the Conceptual Committee for the Frontline Resource Institute (FRI). Prior to her work at RISE St. James, Shamyra, an HBCU-graduate, lived out her passion for helping others by working with children and adults diagnosed with mental health disorders for 7 years. It is the privilege of Shamyra’s life to work for human rights on behalf of the people of St. James Parish and Louisiana.


Reverend Lennox Yearwood

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. (he/him) is the President and CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, a minister, community activist, U.S. Air Force veteran, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. He entered the world of Hip Hop Politics as the Political & Grassroots Director for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004, and as a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign in 2004. As a national leader and pacemaker within the Green Movement, he works to bridge the gap between communities of color and environmental advocacy. He is a leader in campaigns calling for divestment from fossil fuels causing climate change, increasing diversity in the climate movement, ensuring everyone has clean water and air, and international efforts to address climate change.


Moderator

Erica Cirino

Erica Cirino (she/her) is the Communications Manager of Plastic Pollution Coalition. She has spent the last decade working as a writer, artist, and author who explores the intersection of the human and more-than-human worlds. Erica is best known for her widely published photojournalistic works that cut through plastic industry misinformation to deliver the often shocking and difficult truths about plastic—the most ubiquitous and insidious manmade material on Earth. This includes her award-winning book, Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis (Island Press, 2021). Erica holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Environmental Humanities and a Master of Science in Journalism degree from Stony Brook University.


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January 18 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EST

With a new year comes new resolutions for protecting and improving the health of our bodies, families, communities, and the planet that we all call home. One healthy resolution to consider is to reduce or eliminate plastic from your life. But with plastic used for everything from making clothing to carrying food and drinks, this can seem like a daunting task.

Join us on January 18 for our first webinar of the new year: Plastic-Free Resolutions: Protecting Your Health in 2024. During this event, we will offer tangible, common sense ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use in your daily life. We’ll discuss why it’s important to avoid plastics, provide you with DIY and low- and no-cost solutions, and highlight helpful products you may turn to when you need an extra hand.

Our panelists for this inspiring conversation include Queer Brown Vegan Isaias Hernandez; Zero Waste Farmer Manju Kumar; and Co-Owner & Co-Founder of Life Without Plastic Jay Sinha. The conversation will be moderated by MADE SAFE Founder Amy Ziff

Date: Thurs., January 18
Time: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Panelists

Isaias Hernandez

Isaias Hernandez (he/they) is an educator and creative devoted to improving environmental literacy through content creation, storytelling, and public engagements. He is more commonly known by his moniker, Queer Brown Vegan: the independent media platform he started to bring intersectional environmental education to all. His journey to deconstruct complex issues, while centering diversity and authenticity, has resonated with a worldwide audience. He also collaborates with other leaders from the private and public sectors to uplift and produce stories of change for his independent web series, Sustainable Jobs and Teaching Climate Together. Isaias has been featured in several noteworthy publications, including Vogue, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Yale Climate Communications.


Manju Kumar

Manju Kumar (she/her) is an urban farmer, consultant, and activist based in Southern California. Known as the Zero Waste Farmer, her lush home garden, a symbol of permaculture and sustainability, has captured the attention of media giants like the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and CBS.


Jay Sinha

Jay Sinha (he/him) is an ecopreneur, scientist, lawyer, policy advisor, writer, and speaker. He is co-founder and co-owner of Life Without Plastic, a Certified B Corporation and globally established online shop and information resource for safe, high-quality, ethically sourced, Earth-friendly alternatives to plastic products for everyday life. Jay is co-author of the bestselling book, LIFE WITHOUT PLASTIC: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy, an accessible deep dive into plastics health and environmental pollution issues and a how-to guide for living with less plastic.


Moderator

Amy Ziff
Amy Ziff

Amy Ziff (she/her) is Founder and Executive Director of Nontoxic Certified & the MADE SAFE® certification. Amy pioneered the rigorous MADE SAFE seal, the revolutionary Ecosystem Screening Process, the MADE SAFE Banned List, as well as built the organization’s ingredient database. With this platform, she has created a robust community of individuals who want products that won’t harm people or the planet. Amy has consulted with hundreds of companies on ingredient liabilities, opportunities for improvement, and product pitfalls leveraging the 360-degree Ecosystem Approach to improve thousands of products.


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