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Plastic-Free July Film and Discusson 

When: Thu., June 26, 7-9 p.m. 2014
Price: free
In 2007, while she was recovering from a surgery, bored, and eager to read anything, Beth Terry happened upon an article that would change her life forever. The article, published in Men’s Health, detailed the widespread, and deeply troubling, effects of plastic consumption on our oceans and wildlife, and included a horrifying photo of a dead seabird, its stomach cut open to reveal a chilling array of bottle caps, bits of packaging, and other plastic detritus. Right then and there, Terry made a decision: She’d go plastic-free, or at least as close to it as possible. Nearly seven years and one book (Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too) later, the longtime Oaklander uses about a hundredth of the plastic that the average American does — and works tirelessly to get others to do the same. Even, as it happens, if it’s just for one month a year: To that end, the Ecology Center (2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley) will be hosting Terry this week as part of a workshop that will encourage and empower people to pledge to give up single-use plastic for the month of July. In it, Terry will tell her story, screen the new documentary Plastic Paradise, and offer advice and inspiration. So bring a pen — just not, you know, a Bic.
— Ellen Cushing

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