The Shaw Institute is a nonprofit scientific research organization founded in 1990 by environmental health scientist Dr. Susan Shaw. Over three decades, our research on plastics, ocean pollution, flame retardants, and climate change has informed public opinion and fueled policy, impacting millions of people in the U.S. and worldwide.
Along the West Coast, raging wildfires are burning millions of acres of land, destroying homes and claiming at least 35 lives. Smoke from the fires has caused the world's unhealthiest air quality in three states and is expected to travel as far as Europe at a devastating coast to human health.
“With west coast fires ravaging millions of acres and hundreds of structures, we have a public health crisis that is unequivocally tied to climate change. As the fires consume homes, the toxic smoke from burning plastic is a nightmare health threat for residents and people miles beyond the fire zone. Leadership at the federal level is urgently needed, not climate science denial.“ – Dr. Susan Shaw
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Planet in Crisis: Science & Survival. Our 2020 season is designed to connect our audience directly with leading scientists tackling the most urgent global issues – from plastic pollution and human health to climate change and more. Stream lectures on demand from acclaimed scientists Dr. Andrew Mayewski, Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Dr. Susan Shaw and Dr. Jeremy Jackson.
Called the "most powerful speech" of the 2019 Plastic Health Summit, Dr. Shaw's onstage talk in Amsterdam reached a livestream audience of 400 million people. Now you can tune in to see "When Plastics Burn", an urgent call-to-action for our time.
Don't miss: Soundbite remarks from lead scientists at the Plastic Health Summit, courtesy of the Plastic Soup Foundation.