International, Online

14 – 14 July, 2022

What to do when all you see, eat & listen to is Plastic? – with Plastic Oceans

In this Masterclass with Plastic Oceans International, a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster sustainable communities in order to end plastic pollution worldwide, we will have an intriguing conversation on plastic and its impact on our communities and human and environmental health. Global crises, like plastic pollution, are complex to solve. We will delve into the root causes of plastic pollution – socioeconomic systems, big corporations, COVID and health care – and the challenges of implementing solutions. It is not always black and white, but we will present new science and mind-blowing facts that positively support the need for alternatives and solutions through a systematic approach to end plastic pollution.

Julie Andersen

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Julie Andersen is the CEO of Plastic Oceans International and a lifelong public health advocate focused on the communication of science and disruption of societal barriers to protect human health and the environment from the negative effects of industrial development. She has worked in public health and nonprofit management internationally for the past 20 years, including the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and her Master of Public Health from Hunter College in New York City. Raised in San Diego, Julie was a swimmer and triathlete, and the ocean has always been an important part of her daily life. Julie’s Plastic Oceans work combines her career protecting human and environmental health, life sciences education and love for the ocean. She resides in Malibu, California with her family.

Charles Rolsky

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Charlie Rolsky is Director of Science, North America, for Plastic Oceans International. He serves as the host of Breaking It Down, a new YouTube series from Plastic Oceans in which he simplifies science in a fun and engaging way. He also conducts research at the Arizona State University (ASU) Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering where he works on marine and aquatic plastic pollution, a major concern within many ecosystems and environments around the world. Their identification, fate and impact are only now beginning to be understood, and Charles has developed several analytical tools to help improve this further. He collaborates with ASU’s Fulton School of Engineering on several microplastics projects, in addition to many groups worldwide, including Plastic Oceans. Charles also works on using non-invasive research methods to collect species health information, including fecal samples from wild species like killer whales. Having this information provides significant knowledge pertaining to stress, reproduction and overall species health.

This Masterclass is organized in collaboration with Plastic Oceans.