The Plastics Problem will be the focus of a panel discussion on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Valentine Hall at the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg.

Bicky Redman, a senior analyst for the Adams County planning office will be the featured speaker along with Jenny Dumont, chair of Rising Above Plastic, Gettysburg Rising’s effort to curb single-use plastics in Gettysburg, and Emily Kurtz, a biology and environmental studies major at Gettysburg College who is serving as a summer intern with Green Gettysburg, a community environmental group. The event is cosponsored by Gettysburg DFA, Gettysburg Rising, Green Gettysburg and the St. James Lutheran Church Creation Care Task Force. The public is encouraged to attend.

“Unfortunately, plastics break up before they break down,” said Will Lane, one of the organizers of the event. “They persist in the environment as smaller and smaller particles easily consumed by fish and birds. Toxic chemicals of all kinds are often hitchhikers on these micro-particles and end up in the food chain, potentially consumed by humans in fresh water fish and sea food of various kinds.”

Among the questions the panel will be considering: How can we reduce the impact of single-use plastic, bags, cups, straws and more, on our streams, rivers, oceans and landscape? Can a different approach to recycling help? What role should government play? What can consumers and citizens do, here and now, to keep harmful plastics out of the natural world?

A discussion focused on next steps for action on the plastics problem will follow a brief presentation by each of the panelists.

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