The dangers of plastic pollution will be discussed at a special presentation this week.

The talk, The Perils of Plastic Pollution, will examine the human and environmental costs associated with plastic use and disposal and was organised by the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce and Bermuda College.

Jennifer Flood, BEST’s education team leader, said: “Plastic pollution stretches from the highest peaks to the depths of the ocean abysses, from city centres to isolated oceanic atolls.

“Microplastics are found in the soil, air and waterways, large and small plastics are found in the intestines and organs of crippled, starved fish, oceanic mammals, birds and now in us.

“Evidence has been rapidly accumulating of the harm plastics, large and small, along with the chemicals used in them, have been doing to other animals throughout the planet.”

She added: “Research is now showing the alarming effects on human beings.”

The discussion is the fourth in a series of virtual Eco Lunch and Learn presentations and will be held on Thursday between 1pm and 2pm.

The presentation will feature a panel of experts, including Robbie Smith, a scientist and curator of Bermuda’s Natural History Museum, Eugene Dean, the executive director of Greenrock, Erich Hetzel, the BEST plastic pollution team leader and Zahria Furbert, a Bermuda College student.

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