UUCC Climate Forum: Plastic, Pollution & the Solutions

UUCC Climate Forum: Plastic, Pollution & the Solutions

All are invited to this presentation, which will inform you of the tremendous crisis we are facing, but will leave you with actionable items that will make a difference.

The presentation will explore:

  • The environmental injustices of production of plastic
  • COVID-19 and the plastic industry
  • How plastic pollution negatively impacts our environment, our oceans, our health, our economy

The talk will also discuss the importance and the urgency of taking actions at all levels: as an individual, at the County, State and Federal levels.


Pat Hersey is the Founder of Less Plastic Please, a grassroots organization with the mission to reduce single-use plastic in Howard County through education and legislation. Over the last three years, the organization was honored with the Howard County Green Leadership Award in 2019 and 2020, as well as the HHCA Activist Award in 2019. Recognized as an “Eco-Warrior” in HER Magazine, Less Plastic Please continues to fight the multiple issues interwoven in the plastic pollution crisis.  Since plastic is a major driver of the climate crisis, Less Plastic Please successfully worked, with other environmental groups, to have the Columbia Association declare a Climate Emergency. Less Plastic Please championed the Howard County Bag Fee Bill, which will be implemented in October, 2020.

Pat recently co-moderated a panel discussion on “The Story of Plastic” with HoCo Climate Action and Howard County Sierra Club. The same cast of characters are now working to implement a Straw Ban Bill, which would include upon-request on plastic utensils and condiment packages. We are also actively engaged with statewide plastic reduction legislation.

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Meeting ID: 813 7605 7880
Passcode: 244213

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