Block Island Times

Tuesday Night Talks with Erica Cirino

The Block Island Maritime Institute will host photojournalist and science writer Erica Cirino for its Tuesday Night Talk on July 18 at 7 p.m.Cirino is a science writer, author, and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds, and recently began managing communications for Plastic Pollution Coalition. Her widely published photojournalistic works depict numerous ways people connect to nature – and each other – and shape planet Earth.In Cirino’s recent book, “Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis,” (published by Island Press, 2021), Cirino documents plastic across ecosystems and elements; shares stores from the primarily Black, Brown, Indigenous, rural, and low-income 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.Much of what you’ve heard about plastic pollution may be wrong. Instead of a great island of trash, the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch is made up of manmade debris spread over hundreds of miles of sea — more like a soup than a floating garbage dump. Recycling is more complicated than we were

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