Living Oceans 

by Alicia Smith

Last month Impact Hub Berkeley teamed up with Lexicon of Sustainability a grassroots organization that creates multimedia information artworks, short films, and educational programming to uncover through words what it means to live sustainably.

Impact Hub Berkeley and Lexicon launched a series on Living Oceans, a gathering of Bay Area stakeholders from activists, eco-entrepreneurs, to health and environmental professionals addressing how the food industry can be a leader in rethinking plastics in our food chain, packaging, and waste management systems.

Untitled drawingThe Great Pacific Garbage Patch, one of the 5 major gyres is a large systems of rotating, wind fed ocean currents that are swirling and churning a cocktail of marine debris and chemicals in our oceans. Plastics of every shape and size from toothbrushes, wrappers, tires, to unidentifiable objects extend over an indeterminate area.

Oceanographers, suspect the accumulations zone to cover 40% of the ocean’s surface and 25% of the entire earth with plastic ranking as one of the most common pollutant in our oceans worldwide. Plastics biodegrade extremely slowly, breaking into tiny fragments in a century-long process that are entering our food chains, and eventually in our bodies.

The working sessions will bring together experts in the field of plastic pollution, entrepreneurship, public health and scientists to create a new dialog around sustainability in packaging and healthy marine ecosystems. Words have meaning. Won’t you join us in creating the new Lexicon of Sustainability?

Get Involved!

Interested in participating in one of our sessions? Contact Michael Anzalone, Programming Director at Impact Hub Berkeley: For sponsorships, please contact us here.

Want learn more?  Please attend one of our upcoming events!

“Plastic Paradise: A Film Screening”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7pm

David Brower Center

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet it has become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

Hope to see you there!