THE FUTURE: Solutions, Policy, & Resistance Around Plastic – Plastic Plague Pt 7


EcoJustice RadioTHE FUTURE: EcoJustice Radio explores how Solutions, Policy, & Resistance around plastic can elevate, inspire, and drive change at a systems-level approach. This is Part 7 of a special seven-part series  called, “The Plastic Plague: Connecting the Dots between Extraction, Inequity, and Pollution.” Check out Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6

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Emily Parker from Heal the Bay speaking on solutions to the Plastic Plague.

Our guests, Matt Prindiville of Upstream Solutions, Sam Pearse of Story of Stuff, and Emily Parker of Heal the Bay, speak with our host, Jessica Aldridge of Adventures in Waste.

There is no one silver-bullet solution or intervention point. The story of plastic we knew from the 1970s and 80s is a different story than what we know today. The finger of responsibility no longer points only at the consumer, but we all have the opportunity to play our role when it comes to creating and demanding the future we want to see. We are up against a take and make economy where packaging is not the only disposable, but so is energy, water, resources, and PEOPLE! How do we create the change and connect the dots for everyone who uses, disposes of, or is in some way affected by plastic.

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Matt Prindiville, Imagineer & CEO of Upstream [], is a recognized thought leader within the plastic pollution community and advises the United Nations Environment Program on their plastic pollution strategies. He is one of the founders of the global Break Free from Plastic Movement and the founder of the Cradle2 Coalition and Take It Make It Campaign.

Sam Pearse, Lead Campaigner of The Story of Stuff Project [], is working at the intersection of storytelling, plastics policy, and corporate campaigning. He comes from a background of campaigning on environmental, human rights, and security issues.

Emily Parker, Coastal and Marine Scientist for Heal the Bay [], works to protect our coastal and marine resources. Her work focuses on plastic pollution, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries management, and climate change.

Jessica Aldridge, co-host of EcoJustice Radio, is an environmental educator, community organizer, and waste industry leader. She is a co-founder of SoCal 350, organizer for ReusableLA, and founded Adventures in Waste. She has worked for 15 years as a Zero Waste professional, a former professor of Recycling and Resource Management at Santa Monica College, and is a recipient of the inaugural Waste Expo 40 Under 40 award.

Hosted by Jessica Aldridge
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Producer: Georgia Tunioli
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
Episode 66

Photo Credit: Story of Stuff

Updated 3 March 2021

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About Jack Eidt

Novelist, urban theorist and designer, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Partners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt