The ReIGNITE Talks

The ReIGNITE Talks is a webinar series that’s re-thinking and re-imagining our planet. Join us each month, as Environmental Defence aims to make sense of the world from an environmental perspective. We’ll hear from thought-leaders and change-makers on topics ranging from pollution, to health, to climate change - all while finding real-world solutions towards a sustainable future.

In our second episode, we will look at the growing problem of microplastics. As author Rick Smith shows with an experiment on himself, there are tiny bits of plastic (called microplastics) inside our bodies and stools. These microplastics are found in everyday products like food packaging, synthetic clothing, and nylon tea bags–suggesting that plastic is polluting our bodies and our environment. Join Dr. Rick Smith, co-author of Slow Death by Rubber Duck, along with scientist Dr. Chelsea Rochman from the University of Toronto to explore the emerging new discoveries in the world of microplastics. Plus our own Plastics Program Manager Ashley Wallis will discuss solutions for tackling Canada’s growing plastic crisis, and what you can do to help.

Register today to tune in for this live discussion! 

Webinar Details

Topic: Plastic Humans: The Story of Microplastics in our Bodies

Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT)


Tim Gray (Host)
Executive Director, Environmental Defence

Ashley Wallis
National Plastics Program Manager

Dr. Rick Smith
Executive Director, Broadbent Institute

Dr. Chelsea Rochman
Assistant Professor in Ecology, University of Toronto



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