Audubon offers solutions to single-use plastic

Headlands Beach

Blackbrook Audubon Society will host “The Problem with Plastic” by Jill Bartolotta in a virtual program 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 16. Everyone is invited to register on the event page of Blackbrook’s website at blackbrookaudubon.org. Those registering will receive a link to the program, which will give an in-depth look into our use of plastic, its effects on us and the environment, and provide simple, inexpensive steps to break free from it.

Ninety-six percent of the trash found on beach cleanups along the Great Lakes is plastic, with most being identified as single-use. Plastic is not meant to be in the natural environment and its presence is wreaking havoc on ecosystems, the safety of our food and drinking water, and the economy.

As the Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator for Ashtabula and Lake Counties, Jill works with municipalities, scientists and the public to collaboratively manage Lake Erie and its resources. Her research includes our reliance on single-use plastics and barriers to reusable alternatives.

While the program starts at 7:00 p.m., Trevor Wearstler, the host and president of Blackbrook, will allow people into the meeting about 6:30 p.m. to familiarize themselves with the software features or to chat with other attendees.

Blackbrook Audubon covers Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake Counties as the local chapter of National Audubon Society. For more information, email blackbrookaud@aol.com. Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook for updates.

Photos courtesy of speaker, Jill Bartolotta, from OSU Sea Grant.