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In the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat there is plastic. Plastic pollution is a widespread, complex environmental and health emergency that requires global changes in policies, corporate sourcing, innovation and consumer behavior. Grassroots action and restoration technologies are also needed to clean up plastic pollution wherever it is found. Like other environmental scourges, plastic pollution impacts the poor among us most.

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Moderator: Ed Begley Jr., Actor and Activist

Panelists:

Alex Schulze, CEO and Co-Founder of 4ocean

Alex Schulze is the CEO and Co-Founder of 4ocean, a purpose-driven business with a mission to end the ocean plastic crisis while working to educate individuals and help change their single-use plastic consumption habits on land. 4ocean conducts ocean cleanups daily with full time captains and crews working globally at operations in Florida, Bali, Haiti and Guatemala. The cleanups are funded entirely through product purchases with one pound of trash removed for every product purchased. As a result, the team has pulled more than 10 million pounds of trash since the company was founded in January 2017.

Arun Krishnamurthy, Founder of Environmentalist Foundation of India

Arun Krishnamurthy founded the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) in 2007. E.F.I focuses on scientific revival of lakes and ponds through a community based collaborative conservation effort. Arun is also the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Rolex Award for Enterprise, the Jane Goodall Youth Leadership Award, the British Council International Climate Champion Excellence Award, and many others. Today, Arun continues his conservation efforts which has expanded to multiple communities around India.

Charlie Rolsky, Director of Science at Plastic Oceans International

Charlie Rolsky is the Director of Science for Plastic Oceans International. He serves as the host of Breaking It Down, a new YouTube series from Plastic Oceans in which he simplifies science in fun and engaging way. He also conducts research at the Arizona State University (ASU) Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering where he works on marine and aquatic plastic pollution, a major concern within many ecosystems and environments around the world. Their identification, fate and impact are only now beginning to be understood, and Charlie has developed several analytical tools to help improve this further. 

Melati Wijsen, Founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Melati Wijsen is a 19-year-old full time changemaker from Indonesia. She founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags when she was 12 years old with her younger sister and has been leading the movement driven by youth since 2013. She also started the people movement One Island One Voice and the social enterprise, Mountain Mamas. Melati has spoken on world stages such as TED and the UN and has also been selected as FORBES top ten most inspiring women in the country. She graduated from high school one year early at the Green School and has since been honored by TIME as part of the most influential teens in the world along with CNN Heroes Young Wonders and FORBES 30 under 30. Today, Melati is excited about her new youth empowerment project; YOUTHTOPIA, empowering youth through meaningful and short peer to peer programs and providing them the tools they need to be young changemakers.

Billy Lombe, Founder and CEO of the Centre for Zero Waste & Development in Africa

As Founder and CEO of the Centre for Zero Waste & Development in Africa, he has helped to train more than 400 teachers and community leaders in solid waste management, climate change and WASHE related issues. Additionally, he has engaged about 120 thousand pupils to be active environmental leaders in their communities. Billy is currently advocating for a total ban on single-use plastics in Zambia and the rest of Africa. 

In recognition of World Food Day, EARTHDAY.ORG brought together a panel of experts to discuss the dangers to our food system.

In the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat there is plastic. Plastic pollution is a widespread, complex environmental and health emergency that requires global changes in policies, corporate sourcing, innovation and consumer behavior. Grassroots action and restoration technologies are also needed to clean up plastic pollution wherever it is found. Like other environmental scourges, plastic pollution impacts the poor among us most.

For this webinar, EARTHDAY.ORG has gathered global experts including activists, scientists, and corporate innovators. Let’s work together to end plastic pollution before it’s too late.

Our topics:

● Discussing theories of change to prevent plastic from polluting our environment.

● Educating viewers on the disproportionate impact of plastic pollution on the global poor.

● Addressing microplastics’ impact on human, animal and ecosystem health.

● Amplifying efforts to clean up plastics wherever they have entered the environment.


THE RISING BATTLE FOR FOOD SECURITY

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty

Risk and Behavioral Scientist
U.S. Representative, We Don’t Have Time

Max Finberg

President and CEO, Growing Hope Globally

Umezuruike Linus Opara

Distinguished Professor, Stellenbosch University

Laureate, African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental Prize for Life and Earth Sciences

President, CIGR — International Commission of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering

President, AfroAgEng — The Pan-African Society for Agricultural Engineering

Jillian Semaan

Director of Food and Agriculture, EARTHDAY.ORG

Elizabeth Whitlow
Executive Director, Regenerative Organic Alliance

Moderated by:

Lana Weidgenant
Zero Hour and Vice-Chair of Action Track 2, UN Food Systems Summit 2021

In recognition of World Food Day, EARTHDAY.ORG brought together a panel of experts to discuss the dangers to our food system.

The panel discusses food security, hunger and how we can rebuild our food systems by making them more sustainable and resilient — especially in a time of global pandemic. The panel also talks about approaches we can take to mitigate our climate crisis through our agricultural systems by explaining the linkages among agriculture, food systems and the environment.


people hold climate justice banner

IGNITING CLIMATE LITERACY

Panelists:

Rohan Arora
Youth Climate/Environmental Health Activist
Founder and Executive Director of The Community Check-Up

Frida Berry Eklund 
Swedish climate change communications expert, activist and writer
Founder of Our Kids’ Climate

Neeshad Shafi
Executive Director of Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar

Rab Nawaz 
Senior Director WWF Pakistan

Asha Alexander
Principal and CEO Of The Kindergarten Starters and Executive Leader, Climate Change – GEMS Education, Dubai, UAE  

Laura Secada
Director-General of Climate Change and Desertification of the Ministry of Environment of Peru

Moderated by:

Nick Nuttall
EARTHDAY.ORG’s Strategic Communications Director

Introduction by:

Tracey Ritchie, Ph.D.
EARTHDAY.ORG’s Director of Education

Join a lively discussion about the importance of educating our youth on climate and environmental topics. We must ensure that education equips citizens with hope, skills, and motivation to take action for a more sustainable future.

The panel discusses the connections of climate and environmental education to conservation goals, green jobs, a healthy economic future, and a sustainable planet.


HOW CITIZEN SCIENCE CAN HELP SAVE THE BEES

Kathleen Rogers
President, EARTHDAY.ORG

Anne Bowser
Director of Innovation, the Wilson Center

Landon Van Dyke
Senior Advisor for Environmental Performance and Sustainability
Acting Deputy Director — Center for Analytics, U.S. State Department

Sam Droege
Researcher, U.S. Geological Survey

Moderated by:
Marcelle Lashley-Kaboré

CEO, GIRLS WITH KNOWLEDGE INC.

The Earth Challenge app allows citizens everywhere to track, record, and support bee conservation. Everyone can do their part to protect these critical pollinators. Watch our panelists discuss how Earth Challenge was conceived and created, and how you can help.

Although scientists know about around 900,000 different kinds of living insects, estimates suggest that insects actually make up 80 percent of the world’s species. Insects play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems as they pollinate much of our world’s plants, including important crops that humans rely on for food.

However, insect populations are declining rapidly due to habitat loss, pesticide usage, as well as climate change. In 2019, 40.7 percent of honeybee colonies were lost during the winter in the United States— a phenomenon becoming more common around the world.

A recent German study found that 70 percent of the population of flying insects had been lost over the last 30 years. These declines threaten our global agriculture system as well as the overall health of our planet’s ecosystems. To combat insect decline and protect pollinator species around the world, global action and comprehensive data collection is required.


PLANT-BASED DIETS, CLIMATE, AND COVID

Our speakers:

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty 
Risk and Behavioral Scientist 
IG: swetachak
Twitter: @swetac

Deanna Dahlinger 
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist 
IG: deesdailydish 

Udi Lazimy 
Global Director for Sourcing and Sustainability, Eat JUST
IG: eatjust 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/udilazimy/

Jillian Semaan 
Director of Food and Environment, Earth Day Network
Twitter:
@jilliansemaan

Caroline Wimberly 
Senior Campaign Manager, 50by40

Moderated by: Marcelle Lashley-Kabore, Founder and CEO of Girls with Knowledge, Inc. 
IG: girlswithknowledge

A better food system, a safer climate, and strong public health are deeply intertwined. Join our panel of experts to learn about the connections between all of them, and what you can do to fight climate change (and pandemics) with diet change in your life and others.