The Wallace Stegner Center’s 26th annual symposium on “The Plastics Paradox: Societal Boon or Environmental Bane?” to be held on Thursday to Friday, March 25-26, 2020, will explore the role of plastics in the modern world; the environmental impacts of plastic production, use, and disposal; and the ongoing debate about the need, viability, and desirability of alternatives to plastics. The symposium will include presentations about the history of plastic and both its benefits and costs, and legal issues surrounding plastics regulation. The symposium will include presentations and panels on the impacts of plastic on the environment, from production to disposal. The annual Stegner Lecture will place plastics in the larger context of our consumptive lifestyles and day two will include an opening keynote and two facilitated panel discussions—with extensive audience dialogue—about global, national, and local solutions to the plastics paradox.
Additional information, including an agenda and list of speakers, will be forthcoming.