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Climate Justice: Radioactive And Toxic Waste, Racism, And Rising Oceans
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At the recent Global Training in July 2020, former Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project continued their call to prioritize and center the environmental justice work of communities of color and indigenous communities. In this spirit, we invite you to learn about and engage with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice's "We Can't Breathe" campaign in San Francisco's Bayview and Hunters Point (BVHP) neighborhoods, a low-income community of color (33.7 percent African American, 30.7 percent Asian, and 24.9 percent Latinx per the 2010 Census) where residents suffer from high rates of asthma and cancer and where radioactive waste and toxic contamination at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Superfund site and multiple other contaminated sites are located.

As one of the lowest-lying points in San Francisco, BVHP will also be first impacted by rising oceans, which have already risen by almost 8 inches as of 2016 and which threaten to create flooding of hazardous and radioactive waste of neighborhoods, transportation infrastructure, and the entire San Francisco Bay, while several hundred new luxury homes have been built next to and possibly on top of radioactive contamination, and 10,000 more homes are planned at the contaminated Shipyard Superfund Site where critics complain that radioactive and toxic cleanup has been marred by fraud and lax standards. Speakers will also discuss the August 25 Car Caravan Protest to San Francisco City Hall for the Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice "We Can't Breathe" Campaign.

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Co-presented by The Climate Reality Project Bay Area Chapter


THU, OCT 1 / 12:00 PM PDT
SPEAKERS

Dalila Adofo
Community Organizer, Policy Advocate, and Coordinator, Bayview Hunters Point Community Air Monitoring Project with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice

Bradley Angel
Executive Director, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice

Sabrina Hall
Community Activist; Volunteer; Member, Bayview Hunters Point Mothers and Fathers Committee; Member, Student Site Council and African American Parent Advisory Council, Paul Revere Elementary School; Member, California Environmental Justice Coalition; Vice Chair, Southeast Community Council; Community Organizer, Green Action for Health and Environmental Justice

Ahimsa Sumchai
M.D., P.D., Emergency Medicine Physician; President and Medical Director, Golden State MD Health & Wellness; Principal Investigator, Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program; Member, UCSF Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors

Alma Soongi Beck
Climate Justice Co-Chair, Climate Reality Project Bay Area Chapter—Moderator

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EarthSayers Dalila Adofo; Bradley Angel; Ahimsa Sumchai
Date 10/5/2020 Format Webinar (Zoom+)
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Climate Justice More Details
To stop plastic pollution we need a circular economy for plastic
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In July 2020, The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ released Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution, one of the most analytically robust studies ever produced on ocean plastics. Thought partners were the University of Oxford, University of Leeds, Common Seas, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Breaking the Plastic Wave shows that by 2040, if we fail to act, the volume of plastic on the market will double, the annual volume of plastic entering the ocean will almost triple, and ocean plastic stocks will quadruple. This is in line with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's 2016 analysis, which revealed that in 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean.


The study also confirms that a circular economy for plastic is the only way to address plastic waste and pollution at the source. This is a vision that already unites 850+ organisations through the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and the Plastics Pact network.

Find out more here. at https://plastics.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/breaking-the-plastic-wave-perspective

Date 7/24/2020 Format Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Plastic in Our Oceans More Details
Ellen MacArthur Foundation x Breaking the Plastic Wave
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“We need to raise our level of ambition and match it with bold and urgent action.”
- Dame Ellen MacArthur

In July 2020, The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ released Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution, one of the most analytically robust studies ever produced on ocean plastics. Thought partners were the University of Oxford, University of Leeds, Common Seas, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Breaking the Plastic Wave shows that by 2040, if we fail to act, the volume of plastic on the market will double, the annual volume of plastic entering the ocean will almost triple, and ocean plastic stocks will quadruple. This is in line with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's 2016 analysis, which revealed that in 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

The study also confirms that a circular economy for plastic is the only way to address plastic waste and pollution at the source. This is a vision that already unites 850+ organisations through the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and the Plastics Pact network.

Find out more here

EarthSayer Dame Ellen MacArthur
Date 7/24/2020 Format Appeal
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection The Circular Economy More Details
How I use art to tackle plastic pollution in our oceans | Alejandro Durán
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Alejandro Durán uses art to spotlight the ongoing destruction of our oceans' ecosystems. In this breathtaking talk, he shows how he meticulously organizes and reuses plastic waste from around the world that washes up on the Caribbean coast of Mexico -- everything from water bottles to prosthetic legs -- to create vivid, environmental artworks that may leave you mesmerized and shocked.

EarthSayer Alejandro Durándro Durán
Date 1/2/2020 Format Speech
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Artists and Musicians More Details
The Solution to Plastic Pollution? by Max Wilbert
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How can we stop the problem of plastic pollution? Recycling? Bioplastics? Compostable straws? No. We need to go to the root of the problem, and cut off the production of new plastic. That's the only way.

EarthSayer Max Wilbert
Date 12/7/2019 Format Teaching
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Plastic in Our Oceans More Details
People vs. Plastic
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A growing movement is demanding the federal government better regulate pollution from plastic-making plants. People are waking up to the dangers of plastics production and taking action. Read more: https://biodiv.us/33Yx7Jz

Date 12/6/2019 Format Demonstrations
Length unknown Keywords Sustainability More Details
Doing Our Part to Curb Plastic Waste in Pakistan
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On August 14 this year (2019 the Government of Pakistan celebrated two independence days: one commemorating the nation's freedom for 72 years. The other? Freedom from single-use plastic bags. Pakistan has joined 128 countries in the fight against plastic pollution, and it started with Islamabad's pilot project banning the use of plastic bags in the capital city. Moving towards environmental sustainability is one of the World Bank’s key commitments to the Government of Pakistan and to ourselves, and so we decided to walk the talk. For the past year, the World Bank Islamabad campus has been free of single-use plastic.

Date 10/1/2019 Format Documentary
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Plastic in Our Oceans More Details
Don?t Let Big Plastic Trash our Oceans
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The world’s oceans are already drowning in plastic trash. And instead of working to stem the tide of pollution, plastic manufacturers want to dramatically increase U.S. plastic production over the next decade.

Take action: https://biodiv.us/2K38a81

Date 7/23/2019 Format Documentary
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Plastic in Our Oceans More Details
Tackling plastic waste in the Pacific with Kosi Latu
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Tackling plastic waste is one of the critical obstacles to achieving a circular economy. At the 2019 Pacific Summit, Kosi Latu, Deputy Director or SPREP, explains what the challenges facing the Pacific region are in relation to plastic waste, and what can be done to address them.

Thank you for watching this video. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a UK charity working on business, learning, insight & analysis, and communications to accelerate the transition towards the circular economy.

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy by world record breaking sailor Ellen MacArthur. Since its creation the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia. With the support of its Core Philanthropic Partners SUN, MAVA and People's Postcode Lottery and Knowledge Partners Arup, IDEO, McKinsey & Company and SYSTEMIQ.

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EarthSayer Kosi Latu
Date 5/30/2019 Format Speech
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Plastic in Our Oceans More Details
Protecting Oceans from Pollutants of Emerging Concern
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We need to be constantly vigilant when it comes to protecting oceans from pollution, says Sara Aminzadeh, Commissioner with the California Coastal Commission. The evolution of public and environmental health protection must keep up with the risks and potential harm that come with rapid industrial and technological innovations.

EarthSayer Sarah Aminzadeh
Date 5/1/2019 Format Panel
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Oceans More Details
 

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