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Join Erica Cirino, photojournalist, scientist, and artist, as she discusses her book Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis. As plastic pollution piles up, time to negotiate real solutions is running out, and meanwhile plastics’ impacts on the Earth and our health grows worse. Erica hopes to share important facts and immediate action we can take to help our communities and protect our health from plastics.
This is a presentation on Erica's findings and current work communicating science-backed facts and solutions to the plastic pollution, featuring original reporting, research, and images from the front lines of the plastic crisis (including the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch).
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About the book:Much of what you’ve heard about plastic pollution may be wrong. Instead of a great island of trash, the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch is made up of man-made debris spread over hundreds of miles of sea - more like a soup than a floating garbage dump. Recycling is more complicated than we were taught: less than nine percent of the plastic we create is reused, and the majority ends up in the ocean. And plastic pollution isn’t confined to the open ocean: it’s in much of the air we breathe and the food we eat. In Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis, journalist Erica Cirino brings readers on a globe-hopping journey to meet the scientists and activists telling the real story of the plastic crisis.
About the author:Erica Cirino is a science writer and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds. Her widely published photo-journalistic works depict the numerous ways people connect to nature - wild creatures in particular - and shape planet Earth.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library and in partnership with a multitude of MA libraries.