EcoWeek PANEL DISCUSSION: Art to Awareness to ACTION

Learn How You Can Stop Plastic Pollution

On Wednesday, May 12, 7 – 8:30pm join this discussion featuring a dynamic group of speakers presenting innovative projects in Mexico, Philadelphia, and Arlington. U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark joins us via pre-recorded video as she shares her work crafting federal legislation to advance systemic change. Learn steps you can take at home and through collective action.

Panelists include: artist Alejandro Durán, who transforms global ocean trash into gorgeous installations as part of beach clean-ups in Mexico; Ron Whyte, Project Coordinator with Trash Academy, a “collaborator” within Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Environmental Justice Department that designs innovative creative projects to complicate the issue of trash and shift attitudes from passive acceptance to proactive responses to the waste stream; and Ceilidh Yurenka, who built on her personal mission to reduce waste by launching a small retail shop in Arlington  – Yes! Plastic Free – to help raise community consciousness while improving access to products that lower home trash output.

Moderators Cecily Miller, Arlington Commission for the Arts and Culture, and Rachel Oliveri, Arlington Public School Green Teams, will briefly discuss Persistence, a public art project crafted from thousands of plastic bags, and the work of youth activists in Arlington.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark joins us (via pre-recorded message) to explain the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act she co-sponsored in 2020 and the strategy of “Extended Producer Responsibility.”

Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/ecoweekfightplastic