Toxic Tours Immersive Webinar

October 17, 2023 , 9:00 am 10:30 am EDT

Frontline groups from around the globe bring their Toxic Tours to the Global Plastics Treaty space to share upstream and downstream issues on the negative impacts of plastic pollution across the entire supply chain.

Building on a first phase launch through a multi-lingual webinar, frontline voices from upstream and downstream sites will guide us through the Toxic Tours, sharing unseen footage of their communities in an immersive presentation, where they will expose the impacts of plastic and the community-centered solutions they want to see reflected in national and global policies.

October 26, 2023 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

We are living in a time requiring unprecedented action to address the intertwined plastic pollution and climate crises and their toxic, unjust impacts on people and the planet. Right now, we have an opportunity to address these deeply interconnected and critical challenges within a United Nations (UN) Plastics Treaty, which is set to be finalized by 2025. With the third of five rounds of negotiations scheduled to take place next month in Nairobi, Kenya, this is a critical time to work toward an effective, equitable UN Plastics Treaty that stops plastics and fossil fuels at the source. Last month, the UN released a Zero Draft, the earliest iteration of the treaty which shows that, despite this being a big step forward, there is still much work to do.

During our October 26 webinar, we will discuss the latest developments in the UN Plastics Treaty negotiations with: Jo Banner, Co-Founder & Co-Director for The Descendants Project; Christopher Chin, Executive Director at the Center for Oceanic Awareness Research and Education; Justine Maillot, European Coordinator at Break Free From Plastic; and Larke Williams, Lead Plastic Pollution Negotiator at the U.S. Department of State. The conversation will be led by moderator Rachel Radvany, Program Associate for Plastics Policy at the Center for International Environmental Law.

Date: Thurs., October 26
Time: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Panelists

Jo Banner

Jo Banner (she/her) is the co-founder of The Descendants Project, where she works to challenge systems, primarily legal systems that have exploited the descendants, such as herself, of those enslaved to plantations. As a resident of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, Jo champions environmental justice causes and is actively developing strategies to transform land slated for use by pollutant-causing industries into green spaces where communities like hers can thrive. She has spoken before the United Nations and participated in the first Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution. Jo works with several industries, including entertainment, tourism, and green jobs, to provide job options outside the petrochemical industry. Jo utilizes both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communications to protect Louisiana’s people and its environment fiercely.


Christopher Chin

Christopher Chin is a SCUBA Master Instructor whose passion for the ocean stems back to childhood. He is an accomplished underwater videographer and writer whose footage and work have been featured on the Discovery Channel and Shark Week. In 2006, Christopher co-founded The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education (COARE), and he continues to serve as its Executive Director. Christopher is an internationally recognized expert in ocean policy and conservation issues, and has authored, supported, and defended a multitude of laws affecting ocean health and resources. Christopher is an avid advocate for Environmental Justice and co-authored the report “Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution”, published by UNEP in 2021. Christopher is an active participant in international fora and has addressed various bodies of the United Nations on a multitude of occasions, and is actively working towards a new global treaty to address plastic pollution.


Justine Maillot

Justine is the Coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic Movement in Europe.  She has an educational background in international, European and environmental law. After working at the EU Unit of Greenpeace for four years on EU ocean and fisheries policy and a 18 month break to work on small, local projects, she joined Surfrider Foundation Europe. This is where she began to work on EU policies on plastic pollution and contributed to the work of the Rethink Plastic alliance and BFFP movement, notably on the Single Use Plastics Directive. Justine then transitioned to Zero Waste Europe and the coordination team of the Rethink Plastic alliance in 2019. She became Coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic Movement in Europe in January 2023.


Larke Williams
Larke Williams

Larke Williams (she/her) is the Lead Plastic Pollution Negotiator in the U.S. Department of State, serving as the senior advisor on plastic pollution and waste management. She has been with the Department since 2016 working on chemicals, air quality and waste issues, and previously served at the U.S. Environmental Protection agency working on climate change, air quality, hydraulic fracturing, and environmental justice. Larke grew up in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from University of California San Diego in 2003 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and earned an M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University in 2009.


Moderator

Rachel Radvany

Rachel Radvany (she/her) is the Program Associate for Plastics Policy on the Environmental Health team at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). She supports the Environmental Health team’s work protecting communities and the environment from the toxic impacts of plastics and other chemicals. She contributes to the team’s work in advancing the negotiation of an ambitious and effective Global Plastics Treaty, including supporting the facilitation of the global Civil Society and Rights Holders Coalition that is weighing in on the negotiations.


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