A Consultation on Air: St. James Parish
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
8 a.m. San Francisco | 11 a.m. New York | 5 p.m. Paris
The global community is learning quickly about the perils of plastic pollution. It is not just the plastic waste that litter the world’s oceans, streams and landscapes. Microplastics contamination ranges from the high atmosphere to the delicate ocean floor. Microplastics are found deep in our lungs, in our blood and even in placentae.
For the residents of St. James Parish, Louisiana, the devastating impacts of plastic and plastic production have been a daily, lived reality. Known as Cancer Alley because of astronomical cancer rates among residents, St. James Parish is an 85-mile stretch of land along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, which is home to more than 150 petrochemical plants and refineries that supply chemicals and raw materials used in plastics.
On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time, the Center for Earth Ethics for “A Consultation on Air: St James Parrish.” You’ll hear from four incredible people working in and around St. James Parish who utilize their traditions, culture and values to stop plastic pollution at its source, push restoration work, and create legal frameworks to deal with plastic pollution through its entire lifecycle.
Our speakers for the consultation are:
- Casey Camp-Horinek – Activist, Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta, Woman’s Scalp Dance Society
- Jane Patton – Campaign Manager, Plastics & Petrochemicals, Center for International Environmental Law
- Judith Enck – President, Beyond Plastics; Senior Fellow and Visiting Faculty Member, Bennington College
- Sharon Lavigne – President, Rise St. James, 2021 Goldman Prize Recipient
This dialogue is the first in the Values, Culture, and Spirituality Series, convened by the Center for Earth Ethics as part of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Andrew Schwartz, director of sustainability and global affairs, organized the consultation and will moderate.