Economic Impacts of Plastic (A-Z Series)

As industry looks to produce more plastic and expand fracking to do so… It’s imperative that we understand the economic costs.

Not only to be prepared and protect ourselves, but to expose the false promise of prosperity through expanded plastic production.

These promises hide the consequences to health, environment, and local communities whose economies are damaged by petrochemical production.

Sign-up for the series at, and read about the presenters below.

This month’s focus is on the economic impacts we all face as a result of plastic production.

You’ll hear from community activist, Travis London,and Rachel Carson Scholar Patricia DeMarco, whose career has spanned more than 30 years in energy and environmental policy.

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About the presenters:

Meet Patricia DeMarco, one of our guest speakers for Tuesday’s Tackling the A-Z Impacts of Plastic: Economics webinar.

Patricia has spent a thirty-year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions. She is a Rachel Carson Scholar and served as Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the The Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University.

She holds the office of Vice President of the Forest Hills Borough Council, and she sits as Secretary on the Board of Trustees for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Meet Travis London, the second guest speaker for Tuesday’s Tackling the A-Z Impacts of Plastic: Economics.

Travis has organized for various causes in El Salvador, India, Africa, and various other countries. He has also organized in Louisiana for Medicaid expansion, higher salaries for teachers, and halting a compressor station from being too close to a neighborhood. In 2020, Travis also appeared on Netflix alongside Diane Wilson on the show Dirty Money: Port Comfort episode, where Diane won the largest settlement from an individual suit in environmental history.

and finally, Matt Mehalik, the Executive Director of the Breathe Project, a coalition of local residents, environmental advocates, public health professionals, and academics advocating for healthier air for the Pittsburgh region.

About these webinars:

This upcoming webinar is hosted by Halt the Harm Network, and organized by A-Z Impacts of Plastic Series Programming Committee.

Each month, the Impacts of Plastic organizing collective will offer two events;

  • Tuesday night presentations by our featured speakers.
  • Thursday night sessions will be an opportunity to continue the discussion, share your concerns and issues in your community, and network with others.

Conversation and connection will happen inside the new Campaign Network, a private social forum hosted by Halt the Harm Network.

Sign-up for the series, and to watch the replays at

Any questions about these webinars, Halt the Harm Network, or the The Campaign Network, please reply.

Ryan Clover,
Halt the Harm Network & the A-Z Impact of Plastics Series Team

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Halt the Harm Network is supported by Netcentric Campaigns.