Surviving the Plastic Pollution Pandemic, May 1

April 23, 2019, 8:14 AM HST · Updated April 23, 8:14 AM

Hannah Bernard, founder and Executive Director of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund. Courtesy photo.

The public is invited to a free presentation titled, “Thinking Like an Island: How to Survive the Plastic Pollution Pandemic,” that will be offered by guest presenter Hannah Bernard at the Wednesday, May 1, 2019 meeting of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council.

This free presentation will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Sphere at Maui Ocean Center. Admission is free. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Advance reservations are recommended, as seating is limited to 118 guests.

“While scientists and politicians may argue about climate change and its impact on our world ocean, the world is waking up to the devastating reality of the oceanic plastic plague,” said Bernard, the co-founder and Executive Director of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund. “After several decades of local awareness-raising we are at a tipping point worldwide where plastic pollution of the ocean is widely recognized as one of the greatest threats of our time to the ocean ecosystem and even human health.”


Bernard’s talk will focus on ways individuals help turn the tide on the plastic plague and why there’s hope for the future.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to share Hannah Bernard’s extensive knowledge about plastic pollution with the community,” says Amy Hodges, Programs Manager at Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. “She’ll be sharing the latest findings about plastic pollution and offering commonsense ideas for ways to slow down and perhaps even stop the ‘plastic plague’ that is threatening our ocean and all marine wildlife.”

The meeting will also include updates on Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s programs, including results from its ocean water quality monitoring program along the shores of south and west Maui and its program to improve ocean water quality at Māʻalaea Bay.

The meeting and presentation will take place at Maui Ocean Center at The Sphere, a new high-tech dome-shaped presentation space, offering reclining movie-theater style seats and state-of-the-art visuals and acoustics.



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