Ojai – The Plasticene

Submitted by Ojai Valley Scribe on
a scene of plastic bottles

Ojai local Henry N. Mooney will visit the Ojai Library at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, to present a special lecture titled “The Plasticene – Exploring the Hidden Social and Economic Costs of Plastics in the Modern Age.”

Our global usage of disposable plastics can no longer be considered sustainable. And, even though we're all told to bring re-usable bags everywhere, or say no to straws at restaurants, our global consumption of plastics continues to rise on an annual basis, so clearly there is a piece of the puzzle missing in combatting plastics.

Join Henry Mooney on September 18 at 6 p.m. to explore the hidden social and economic costs of our global dependence on disposability, the direct links of plastics to fossil fuel industries, and the pitfalls of a throw-away society.

Henry currently works for an environmental consulting firm in Ojai, CA. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development, focusing on renewables. The field research component for the Master's Degree involved a site visit to the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, in Kenya, to investigate the social impacts of large-scale energy projects by interviewing local community members.

Henry is currently pursuing a Ph.D., the research component for which will focus on marine resource management and offshore energy. He has recently finished writing a book on the economic implications of plastics. He has also been the keynote speaker on an internationally distributed KPBS broadcast (out of San Diego), focusing on sustainable energy and water management.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146.

The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, CA. Hours of service are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunda