15th Annual HEN Film Feastival: The Peril of Plastics & Policy Solutions

Live Webinar

Following the viewing of The Story of Plastic, three field experts will discuss the production of plastics/microplastics, and the potential adverse effects plastics/microplastics have on soil, human health, and climate.

  • Release Date: October 3, 2022
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Date: October 3
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. (Central time)

Student Price: $0

Following the viewing of The Story of Plastic, an Emmy-winning documentary depicting plastic pollution, three field experts will engage in a rich panel discussion surrounding the production and fate of plastics/microplastics. We will also embark in conversation surrounding potential adverse effects of plastics/microplastics on soil, human health, and climate, and why and how, through policy action, we can move away from plastic use. This webinar will help dietitians recognize their tremendous role in public health and safety education, institutional purchasing, and policy advocacy.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 12.4.3, 12.2.6, 12.3.5

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the hidden crises of plastic pollution on people and planet.
  2. Explain how plastic production and use is related to climate change.
  3. Discuss policy actions we can take as community health leaders to reduce the impact of plastic pollution.


Erica Cirino, MS

Erica Cirino is a freelance science writer, author, and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds.

Erica is best known for her widely published photojournalistic works that cut through plastic industry misinformation and injustice to deliver the often shocking and difficult truths about this most ubiquitous and insidious material. This includes her award-winning book, Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis (Island Press, 2021), in which she documents plastic across ecosystems and elements; shares stories from the primarily Black, Brown, Indigenous, low-income, and rural communities that are disproportionately harmed by industrial pollution globally; and uncovers strategies that work to prevent plastic from causing further devastation to our planet and its inhabitants.

Gaboury Benoit, Ph.D.

Gaboury Benoit is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry and the Co-Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology at Yale University. He also authored Plastics and Microplastics: A Threat to the Environment.

Bart Elmore, Ph.D.

Bart Elmore is an Associate Professor of Environmental History and core faculty member of the Sustainability Institute at the Ohio State University. Elmore investigates the impact of big business on our environment. He is the award-winning author of Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism and Seed Money: Monsanto’s Past and Our Food Future. See his TED Talk on plastic bottle recycling.

  • Release Date: October 3, 2022