Episode 35: Plastic Pollution and Climate Change

Dominic Scicchitano shares his findings regarding microplastics in the Susquehanna River



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What happens to our trash once we throw it out? Nicole Chatterson at the University of Hawaii and Dominic Scicchitano at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania have both spent a lot of time in the water. In this episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio, Nicole talks about plastic pollution she has been hauling up from the Pacific Ocean. Dominic shares his findings regarding microplastics in the Susquehanna River.

They also make the connection between plastic production and pollution with climate change. Nicole discusses the complications of the waste-to-energy incinerator on the island of Oahu. Both guests also talk about the need to advocate for systems changes that will reduce plastic waste, especially from single use plastics. Tune in to discover the individual and larger policy changes that will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions:


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Peter Buckland is a local politician, a sustainability expert at Penn State University, and a poet. He also loves to listen to music. In this episode, he talks about the powerful environmental messages he hears in heavy metal music. Discover how this loud, fast music speaks directly to the climate change problems we created and must address.


We hear answers to the puzzler question, “If global warming is happening, why did we just have such cold weather this past winter in the USA?”

This month’s new puzzler question is for people in groups like Citizens’ Climate Lobby that speak to members of Congress. Imagine that you attended one of the recent student walk-out demonstrations. While there you spoke to a parent, Claire. Claire’s daughter was a protest organizer. You told Claire about the work you do speaking to legislators about laws that will address fossil fuel pollution. You see yourself as an advocate, working in the system to bring about change. Claire confessed, “I would never have the patience for that. I am so angry, and I need to protest.” She then asked, “Why do you do that kind of advocacy work instead of protesting and civil disobedience?”

Send Peterson your answers by May 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of three minutes or less at 518.595.9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).

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Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano.