Leaving a Plastic World – Student-led Symposium

Online Event

Organized by Institut für Entwicklungsforschung, Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien

We need to talk… about plastic!

The pandemic has greatly exacerbated the plastic problem which affects wildlife, nature and people all over the world. While it is most associated with oceans: 80% of plastic pollution originates from sources on land and is transported to the oceans via our rivers, it is a problem for all ecosystems. In fact, it has gotten so bad that a report by the WWF found that people could actually be ingesting an entire credit card sized amount of plastic a week. The scientific community has only scratched the surface of the medical and environmental implications of plastic pollution and specifically microplastic.

We invite you to join our symposium to learn more about:
– How plastic impacts our health
– How it affects ecosystems and wildlife
– What challenges we face in the fight for a more sustainable future
– How you can contribute to solving the plastic problem
Get inspired by our panel of experts!

Dr. Marcel Liedermann, a Senior Scientist at the University of Life Sciences, Vienna with a focus on microplastic in the Danube, will talk to us about the environmental aspects of plastic in rivers.

Dr. Lukas Kenner, the Deputy Director at the Department of Pathology, Medical University Vienna and Deputy Director at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Cancer Research, Vienna, will be sharing his insights into the effects of plastic on human health.

Laura Young, MSc, a zero-waste advocate, sustainability graduate and Ted Talk speaker, who is currently working with Tearfund as their Scotland COP26 Advocate and Campaigns Coordinator, will be answering questions on sustainability and what we can do about this issue (find her under lesswastelaura)

Join us on June 8th, World Ocean Day, (streamed online via zoom), to learn more about the impact that plastic has on the environment, animals and human health and what each and everyone of us can do to make a difference. Follow us on Twitter for more updates.
Let’s leave this plastic world!

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