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Plastics, Bivalves and a Straw Cape with Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway; Britta Baechler, Ph.D. Candidate, Portland State University; and Chanel Hason of Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
We’ve all seen the video of a sea turtle with a straw up its nose, but there’s a lot more to the story of plastic pollution than we all think. For instance, did you know that plastic pollution in the ocean was first reported in research articles in the early 1970s? Or that micro plastics have been found in clams and oysters right here in Oregon? What about that straws and stirrers are the third most common item found in beach cleanups?
Come for a unique presentation blending science, art, and activism from three people working to change the story of plastic here in the Pacific Northwest. We’ll be hearing from Nancy Judd, Britta Baechlor and Chanel Hason, who will be sharing how plastics are impacting some of our smallest critters, and what is being done to raise awareness of plastic pollution both here and across the U.S. Nancy will also lead audience members in an arts integration activity to reflect upon Britta’s research in creative ways.
Science Pub OMSI is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge.