Category Archives: Waste Disposal

Addicted To Plastic

ADDICTED TO PLASTIC SHOWING JANUARY  10

WHEN: Wed, Jan 10, 7:00-8:30 pm

WHERE: Peacock Hall

DESCRIPTION:  Plastic is everywhere — for better and worse: floating ocean swirls as big as Texas, artificial organs, water bottles, and wind turbines. This film explores the history of plastic and how it came to dominate our lives. From styrofoam cups to automobiles, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No invention in the past 100 years has had more influence and presence. But this progress has come at a cost.

No ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the grasp of plastic. ADDICTED TO PLASTIC is a global journey to investigate an industry worth $375 billion/year in the US alone. Review what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there’s so much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy and about some of its effects on our health.

We also meet some men and women dedicated to cleaning it up — groups dedicated to physically cleaning up the beaches and the oceans. We learn from experts about cutting edge solutions in recycling plastic and what actually happens when newer plastics biodegrade. These solutions will provide viewers with a new perspective about our future with plastic. It’s also an opportunity to examine our role in a throwaway culture.

85 minutes long. Captions available.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/daSFXZT-HYk

In recent years there has been considerable industry pushback against research demonstrating the adverse health effects of plastics.

https://chriskresser.com/re-examining-the-evidence-on-bpa-and-plastics/

Tips for reducing your exposure to the toxins in plastic

  • Use glass cups for drinking.
  • Instead of plastic water bottles, use stainless steel or glass.
  • Use glass containers for food storage.
  • Never heat food in plastic containers.
  • Use parchment paper or beeswax fabric instead of plastic wrap.
  • Avoid canned foods, as the linings typically contain BPA or a BPA alternative.
  • Read labels on cosmetics and personal care products, and avoid those that contain phthalates in the ingredients list.
  • Skip the receipt, as most have a BPA or equivalent coating.
  • Choose wood or fabric toys for children instead of plastic.

ECO-COMEDY SHORTS

This month’s featured film: ECO-COMEDY SHORTS

A special evening of light-hearted short films on a variety of environmental topics will be presented by Sustainable Rossmoor. Clever, amusing, and funny perspectives on promoting a healthy planet can sometimes give pause . . . and lead to reflection.

A panel of judges has selected from among dozens of nominations submitted by residents as well as culled from eco-comedy film festivals to create a delightful evening while taking a fresh look at a large variety of subjects. You might wonder, what could be amusing about global warming, climate change, solar energy, wind power, plastic, water pollution, air pollution, traffic, landfill, oil spills, concern for other species, food waste, overpopulation, or extreme weather. Come to the theater and find out; see if you agree that these environmental short films provoke thought . . . and chuckles!

A Big Thank You to THE JUDGES

Ellen Bulf

Jo Alice Canterbury

Barbara Coenen

Edie Edelman

Herb Salomon

Lynne Thorner

Carol Weed

Iris Winogrond

Tod Elkins, Digital Editor

Vince Mayweather, A/V technician

And all the Rossmoor residents who sent in nominations

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THE LINEUP:

The Plastic Bag Problem

https://youtu.be/gpxEstCqUfY

The Rescue

https://youtu.be/389v2UOpc50

An Energy-Independent Future: A Presidential Perspective, Jon Stewart

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/n5dnf3/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-an-energy-independent-future?xrs=share_copy_email

Restaurant Scene: “Water Please”

https://youtu.be/xBAb_uP1FAc

The Climate Change Debate, John Oliver

http://youtu.be/cjuGCJJUGsg   

PLASTIC, an Operetta

https://youtu.be/0g_lpmcOyWk

Alternative Energy, Jimmy Tingle

https://youtu.be/HL49tDG00DQ

The Little Green Man Learns about TV

https://youtu.be/Js-f2jQ9p9A

The Matt Damon Goes on Strike

https://youtu.be/jQCqNop3CIg

Weather Girl Goes Rogue

https://youtu.be/TmfcJP_0eMc

Solar Panels, Tom Gleeson

https://youtu.be/rEqIKAH2KjQ

NEWSROOM: EPA Interview

http://youtu.be/XM0uZ9mfOUI

Skip Showers for Beef

https://youtu.be/jjQhVPkKDcE

Fighting Food Waste, Ed Begley Jr.

https://youtu.be/6UEFJ9moyHw?list=PLYfGAro968uc5M6e9clkX_ah4G8-bzKdJ

Wind Power’s Health Hazards, Steven Colbert

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/wjevw3/the-colbert-report-wind-power-s-health-hazards?xrs=share_copy_email

 5-Day Weather Forecast

http://youtu.be/zbHW1T7boSc

Who Are the Koch Brothers?

Al Franken & David Letterman

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/1d1411374f/boiling-the-frog-ep-2-siegfried-and-roy

Mercedes AA Class

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

SNL sketch

http://youtu.be/0k1tbf8muMc

To make suggestions for the club’s next collection of eco-comedy short films, contact Carol Weed at carol4ofa@gmail.com

Contra Costa’s Landfill Tour – Thur Nov 2

Thur Nov 2, 2017
Landfill Tour
9:45 am depart Gateway lot
Reservation required.

Contra Costa’s Landfill Tour

All are welcome to join a private tour of Contra Costa’s landfill site in Keller Canyon in Pittsburg on Thursday, November 2nd. Carpools will depart the Farmers Market corner of the Gateway lot at 9:45 am. We will return at noon or shortly after.  The tour is handicap accessible and will be conducted indoors and in a vehicle; dress appropriate for the weather. Get an up close look at both the landfill operation and the associated Ameresco Power Plant (see photo) which captures the methane gas coming from our garbage and converts some of it into 3.8 megawatts of electricity.

The Keller Canyon Landfill, which is owned and operated by Republic Services subsidiary, Allied Waste, opened in 1992 and is the main recipient of refuse from residents and businesses in the Contra Costa. The company owns approximately 2600 acres, but the permitted disposal area is only about 260, of which less than 150 have been used so far. By comparison, Rossmoor takes up 1,800 acres. The site also supports 7.21 acres of wetlands. The objective of the wetlands project is to increase the total amount of available habitat on the property by constructing new wetlands and enhancing existing wetland and riparian habitat.

To join the tour and a carpool, please contact Carol Weed, carol4ofa@gmail.com, or 510-409-4055.