Sustainability Workshop  

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Discussion Leader - Mary Daniels 

These three short videos will introduce you to the general topic under review.: Total viewing time is less than half an hour. Following the January workshop, this page will be used to include ideas and resources provided during our follow-up discussions.

1. The Story of Stuff  (20 minutes)

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

2. Why We Need to Stop Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans FOR GOOD  (4:35 minutes.)

Our oceans are being filled and killed by throwaway plastics. We must reduce throwaway plastic at the source and save our oceans.

3. Plastic Wars - Full Impact (1:56 minutes) 

Plastic producers should be reporting their full environmental impacts.

EXTRA - The Story of Plastic: Where Your Recycled Plastic Ends Up (4 minutes) 

Other recommended viewings in support of this topic include the following:

David Attenborough's Life on this Planet  Official trailer (1:45 minutes)

During his lifetime, Sir David Attenborough has seen first-hand the monumental scale of environmental change caused by human actions. Now for the first time, he reflects on the devastating changes he’s witnessed and reveals how together we can address the biggest challenges facing life on our planet.

Produced by Silverback Films and WWF, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet shares Sir David Attenborough’s greatest story yet – his witness statement for the natural world and vision for the future.

View complete film on Netflix (105 minutes)

Plastics 101 - National  Geographic - (6 minutes)

Once a completely natural product, much of today's plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussions this material will have on both our planet and our lives.

The Passionate Eye - CBC - Plastic Wars  (45 minutes)

Did the plastics industry use the lure of recycling to sell even more plastic? A look at the mounting crisis of plastic waste in the environment.
(Scroll down for the link to the movie. Membership is free for one month)

MarketPlace - Tracking your plastic: Exposing recycling myths

Other Resources

David Suzuki Foundation 

Founded in 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation is a national, bilingual non-profit organization headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in Toronto and Montreal. Through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis, we work to conserve and protect the natural environment, and help create a sustainable Canada. We regularly collaborate with non-profit and community organizations, all levels of government, businesses and individuals.

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