As plastic waste in the ocean is expected to triple by 2040, and the production of new plastic resins is increasing at an exponential rate, what can Rotary Club’s do to make a true difference? The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group’s Plastic Solutions Task Force will offer its suggestion on the most impactful, meaningful and effective role that Rotary Clubs can play in ending plastic waste at a Zoom meeting Nov 14 at both 9am and 6pm.
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The one hour meeting is offered at two times to accommodate Rotarians from all time zones, and will include a presentation on the Role of Rotary Clubs in Ending Plastic Waste by Co-Chair Lori Cloutier. Following that, Co-Chair Franz Mueller will present Plastic Solution’s goals for 2022-2023.
Lori Cloutier serves as a Co-Leader of the Plastic Solutions Task Force, a part of Rotary’s Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group. The task force is working to address root causes of plastic pollution, and to help develop a global network to rethink and influence how we create, use and dispose of plastic.
She served as Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Oakland for 25 years. Today, she is a “civilian” member of the Poulsbo Rotary Club and created the Trash Talk Task Force in 2018. The Poulsbo Club has diverted more than 42,000 lbs. of plastic from landfill to become composite decking through Trex Company, Inc. Unfortunately, even as that collection work took place, more than 11,000 million tons, per year, of other plastics entered the ocean.