Just yesterday, I heard a brilliant idea: economically incentivize people to clean up plastic waste from the world's beaches, oceans, and waterways.
The Canadian-based organization that is attempting to do this is called Plastic Bank. According to co-founder Davis Katz, plastic is more valuable than steel by weight and with literally billions of tons of plastics littering the world's beaches and waterways, there's trillions of dollars worth of plastic refuse out there just waiting to be recycled!
This is not the first time that economists have tried to mitigate a global environmental problem using a monetary solution. In fact, when I first heard of what Plastic Bank is trying to do, it made me think of carbon taxing, which has been implemented around the world with varying results.
With that being said, I have one word for you: plastics.
Are you intrigued by this market-based solution to a global environmental problem? Then follow Plastic Bank on twitter and like their facebook page!
The mini-symposium ran by eight awesome UC Davis Ecology PhD students and hosted by Folsom Lake College yesterday for Earth Day was a rousing success! Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen especially my fellow presenters and Dr. Steven Holzberg of Folsom Lake College.
I will have a longer post about the event next week, but for now, just know that the organizers and presenters had a great time!
Looking for something to do on the evening of Earth Day 2014?
Well, you're in luck because eight Ecology graduate students at UC Davis have teamed up with the Biology faculty at Folsom Lake College to run a FREE, public mini-symposium on the Ecological Effects of Global Anthropogenic Change.
Topics such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, over-harvesting, and more will be discussed. The symposium (including panel discussion) will run from 4:00-7:30pm, next Tuesday (4/22). See the program flyer for more details.
We hope to see you there!
Matthew Savoca holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. His research interests include sensory behavioral ecology, marine conservation biology, and seabird ecology.