The Plague of Plastic

From National Geographic comes an award-winning series Strange Days On Planet Earth. This documentary focuses on raising public understanding about how each of us are interconnected to our planet’s life systems. The inaugural 4-part PBS series, hosted by Academy-award nominated actor Edward Norton, earned 14 major film festival honors—including Best Series at Wildscreen, the environmental equivalent of the OSCARS®. The summary of this episode states:

Far out at sea and deep in the nation’s heartland, experts are discovering the disturbing consequences of a hitchhiker in our waters—plastic. On the remote islands in the Pacific, a team of researchers is trying to solve the mystery of why albatross chicks with full bellies are starving. Many miles away another team is finding more plastic than plankton in giant garbage patch of ocean called the North Pacific Gyre. Could these two events be related?

What’s equally worrisome is the menacing wake plastic pollution leaves on fresh water and consequently, our health. Scientists in Missouri are finding a gender-bending chemical called bisphenol A in local streams whose source may be plastics. They are also finding this nasty compound leaching out of commonly used plastic products (including baby bottles).


*Thanks to my sister Laurie for sending this my way*

Head over to Plastic Pollution Coalition website, and take the REFUSE disposable plastic pledge:

Disposable plastics are the greatest source of plastic pollution. Designed to be discarded, straws, plastic bottles, plastic utensils, lids, plastic bottles and so many others offer a small convenience but remain forever.  REFUSE disposable plastics! Follow the “4 Rs” of sustainable living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

I’m looking for a practical alternative to disposable straws that is available in Canada.  Does anybody have any suggestions? 

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Green Celebrities Spread the Word

Even climate change bloggers enjoy the diversions that our celebrity-obsessed culture offers once in a while!

For example, The Daily has listed the 15 “greenest” Hollywood stars in the lead up to its “Heart of Green” awards on April 20. Who knew Edward Norton spoke Japanese as well as being an environmentalist? Or that Brad Pitt is more than just one of the sexist men alive and father to the Branjelina brood? Or that Daryl Hannah once chained herself to a tree in the farm for three weeks to protest the farmer’s eviction?

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And speaking of green and celebrities, there’s a new book called Girls Gone Green, by Lynn Herschfield. It is full of tips, ideas and profiles of everyday girls and celebrities – including Hayden Panettiere (who is included in’s list) and Ellen Page – who are taking action to save the environment.

If you are looking for a “green” gift for a teenager, this book might be the one, as it could inspire teenage girls to do something to help their world. Or rather than purchasing it, you could visit your local library and borrow it for your teenager, showing by example the  “re-using” part of the “3Rs”.