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Fracked, Cracked and Discarded: Environmental Injustice and Plastics
Start Date: 1/22/2021Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 1/22/2021End Time: 4:00 PM

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"Climate, COVID-19, & Drexel Dining" is a case competition in which interdisciplinary teams of Drexel undergraduate students propose answers to the following question:

As the climate emergency accelerates, we now find ourselves grappling with Covid-19 safety measures that have suddenly increased our reliance on single-use plastics – a major driver of fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In Drexel’s dining services, how can we support the need for student safety while minimizing the use of plastics?

Dr. Diane Sicotte, Associate Professor of Sociology at Drexel University, will present on her research on plastics and environmental justice. She will focus on environmental injustice generated by the global production networks that turn ethane (a natural gas liquid) into plastics and will examine environmental inequality and threats to health and safety from fracking, from converting ethane into plastic items at petrochemical plants, and from the disposal of discarded plastic items in the communities of people of color and the poor.
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