Plastic built the modern world. But a century into our love affair with plastic, we’re starting to realize it’s not such a healthy relationship.
Author and journalist Susan Freinkel travels to Cape Cod to discuss her book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, on Thursday, July 26 at the Eastham Public Library, 190 Samoset Road in Eastham. The free presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
According to Freinkel’s book, the pervasiveness of plastic is nearing a crisis point. Humans have produced as much plastic in the past decade as was produced in the entire twentieth century. For all the advances it has enabled in modern society, the continued dependence on plastic draws on dwindling fossil fuels, products made from plastic leach harmful chemicals, and discarded plastic litters landscapes and destroys marine life. Freinkel writes about hard choices that need to be made.
A science and environmental writer, Freinkel’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Health, Discover, The Nation, Reader’s Digest, and other national publications. In addition to Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, she is the author of American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree, which won a 2008 National Outdoor Book Award. She lives in San Francisco, but is a lifelong visitor to Cape Cod.
Freinkel’s presentation is sponsored by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, which is hosting a series of events throughout 2018 to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Established in 1968, APCC is the Cape’s region-wide nonprofit environmental advocacy and education organization, whose mission is to protect, preserve and restore Cape Cod’s natural resources.
Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. To register, go to www.APCC.org/events or call 508-619-3185.