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Tuesday Talks: Erica Cirino, Science Writer, Artist, and Author, “Thicker than Water – The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis”

Talk abstract: Much of what you’ve heard about plastic pollution may be wrong, and the problem is much more catastrophic than we could have imagined. What exactly are we up against? Science Writer, Artist, and Author Erica Cirino comes to Block Island Maritime Institute to set the plastic record straight. In her recent book Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis, Cirino both uncovers the depths of the plastic crisis, and charts a course for solutions. Learn more as she discusses her book, in which she details her extensive sailing expeditions and other travels to document the extent of the crisis and to meet with experts and communities working to change our relationship to plastic, address urgent environmental injustices, challenge the corporations churning out plastic waste, and implement pollution solutions that work. Cirino’s book provides information, empowerment, and inspiration for us all to be a part of the wave of positive change. (Learn more: )

Bio: Erica Cirino is a science writer, author and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds, and recently begun managing communications for the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Her widely published photojournalistic works depict the numerous ways people connect to nature—and each other—and shape planet Earth. In her recent book, Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis (published by Island Press, in 2021), Erica documents plastic across ecosystems and elements; shares stories from the primarily Black, brown, Indigenous and rural communities that are disproportionally harmed by industrial pollution globally; and uncovers strategies that work to prevent plastic from causing further devastation to our planet and its inhabitants. Erica lives with her rescued street dog, Sabi, on and between two shores, Long Island and Connecticut.

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Jul 18 2023


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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