A full spectrum of outstanding speakers will address the latest facts and potential solutions to the problems of plastic pollution. An international panel of thought leaders will convene on Monday, August 12th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. This is not to be missed! The venue is a short distance from the exhibition at Casa Italiana with ample free parking. There will be a no-host bar. The symposium is free to students with current I.D. The exhibition will be open from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Chinatown Central Plaza prior to the symposium.
Moderator: Bonny Bentzin, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA, an expert in developing and executing sustainable programs in the field of higher education and large complex organizations, as well as in planning and hosting national conferences.
Charles Moore, sea captain and oceanographer, discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997; founder of Algalita Marine Research and Education in Long Beach, California.
Nicole Loeser, Artistic Director, Institute for Art and Innovation, Berlin; Editor-in-chief of the book, The Universal Sea, Pure or Plastic!?
Anna Cummins, co-founder with Marcus Ericksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, Los Angeles, which focuses on science, research, education and adventure.
Dianna Cohen, artist and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition, Los Angeles, a global alliance of 750 organizations from 60 countries working toward a world free of plastic pollution.
Angelica Böhm, Professor at Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg, Germany, teaches the course: “Transmedia Storytelling: Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan.”
Stefan Winter, Ph.D., (Philosophy), Head of the Institute for Artistic Research at Konrad Wolf Film University, Babelsberg, Germany; member of the Management Committee of the European Forum for Advanced Practices (COST / EU).
Kevin Patel, environmental activist and recent high school graduate from South Central L.A.; chapter coordinator for Ignition Green; organizer of the Youth Climate Strike; and a prominent player in many other environmental youth groups.