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Online: PBS NewsHour Presents The Plastic Problem

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.



Watch a Recording of the Event

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, this screening and discussion will be online. Stream the film online here.


By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at this now ubiquitous material, how it’s impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction.


Amna Nawaz, PBS NewsHour. Amna is the journalist reporting in the “The Plastic Problem.” She joined PBS NewsHour in 2018 and serves as senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor.

Lorna Baldwin, PBS NewsHour. Lorna is the Deputy Senior Producer for PBS NewsHour's segment production unit and produced “The Plastic Problem.”

Lillian Power, Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE). The Watershed Protection Division’s Enforcement Team, led by Lillian Power, is responsible for implementing and enforcing policies regulating single-use plastics in the District. These policies include the styrofoam ban, recyclable and compostable food service ware requirements, including the single-use plastic straw and stirrer ban, and the 5 cent bag fee, the first of its kind in the nation.


Taylor Maddalene, National Geographic. Taylor serves as the Director of the Plastics Initiative at National Geographic Society. Her role includes developing, managing, and executing the recent international “Sea to Source” expeditions in the Ganges River. She has a background in marine conservation and the integration of science into decision-making. Before joining National Geographic, she served in a range of research and program management roles for global conservation organizations including Rare, The National Aquarium, MOTE Marine Lab, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

This screening is part of the 2020 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. It is part of The ETERNAL Experience series exploring issues related to plastic throughout spring 2020 at NAS, organized by LabX and Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences.

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