Join us for a lively panel discussion, hosted by Professor David Boyd, on a national plastics pollution strategy for Canada. Professor Boyd was recently appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment. This event is part of the Policy in Practice series by the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Wednesday, October 17
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues – Multipurpose Room
Light refreshments provided

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Recent polls indicate that plastic pollution is now the #1 environmental concern among Canadians. How big is the problem? What is being done today–at UBC, in Vancouver, and in Canada? What needs to be done in the future? What are the most promising approaches to tackling plastic pollution? Hear from our panelists and how they hope to address some of these questions.

Moderated by: David Boyd, Associate Professor of Law, Policy, and Sustainability at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Panel Speakers:

  • Usman Valiante, Expert on plastics recycling; Senior Policy Analyst, Corporate Policy Group
  • Stephanie Hewson, Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law
  • Fiona Beaty, Marine biology graduate student, Department of Zoology, UBC
  • Kaleigh Davis, Marine biology graduate student, Department of Zoology, UBC
  • Shea O’Neil, Manager of Operations, Office of the Mayor at City of Vancouver
  • Hadi Dowlatabadi, Professor at IRES, Canada Research Chair, Applied Mathematics of Global Change

Learn more here about how Kaleigh Davis and Fiona Beaty have been researching plastics on campus and ways to drastically reduce the amount used.

Co-hosted by: School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, UBC

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