Orion Magazine and Beyond Plastic are hosting a four part series on plastic pollution, edited by environmental sociologist Rebecca Altman.
Currently spoke with Meera Subramanian
, an environmental journalist who contributed her piece about the blurred lines between nature and what is deemed unnatural. Subramanian is speaking on a panel on Wednesday with the other authors in the series.
“When you’re talking about plastics being so everywhere that they are going into the vascular system of plants that they’re in the air and water there’s no lifestyle choice that you choose that you can avoid them,” said Subramanian. “I think so much of the plastics conversation is kind of put on the consumer, and we all just know how false that is.”
Subramanian noted how intertwined the issue of climate and other pollutants are; she hopes that storytelling can help connect those dots.
“There’s just so many angles of the story, but a lot of times the story is told in really sort of overly simplistic ways, like there’s a Garbage Patch we need to clean it up, instead of really trying to get at what it means to have this material in our lives in so many different complicated ways.” said Subramanian. “It’s just so intertwined with all of these conversations around what is causing climate change in terms of emissions and what’s generating those emissions as well.”
Join Beyond Plastics, Orion and the authors of the series on Wednesday at 1 pm ET to learn more: – Abbie Veitch