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Plastics: Pollution, Pandemic, Pandemonium

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To launch GEN's webinar series, join us to discuss the the global impact of plastic on our environment with industry experts.

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On the 24th April 2021, GEF are launching the Global Engineering Network's webinar series on some of the most important sustainability issues of our time. Our pan-American continental team is hosting a global event to discuss plastics, COVID-19's impact on pollution and potential recycling solutions.

The event will be supported by leading organisations including 4Ocean, Rice University's Baker Institute for public policy, Oregon State University and the US Department of Energy.

While the invention of plastics has greatly increased people’s quality of living, finding its way into every aspect of life from electronics and toys, to fashion and houseware, to transportation and healthcare, its versatility and durability have made it nearly impossible to live without but also difficult to get rid of at the end of its use. Somewhat unique to this challenge during COVID-19 is the increase in single-use plastics for sanitary convenience, as well as the stalling in public services like disposal and recycling of waste. Effectively managing plastics at their end of life is a growing problem for today’s society.

This online event will feature a panel discussion and interactive question and answer sessions with industry experts and early career engineers from many of the sectors crucial to the battle against plastics pollution.

Please submit your questions in the Google form here before the event so that we can organise them for the panel discussion and Q&A session.

We will look at the engineering and policy challenges involved in recycling plastics and solutions including alternative materials. We'll also ask how early career individuals can get involved in shaping the engineering solutions that are required.

Participation is free and open to all including early career engineers, professionals, and non-engineers alike. Look out for more details in the coming weeks on Global Engineering Futures website and social media pages.

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