The Plastic Problem: PBS NewsHour Presents

The Plastic Problem: PBS NewsHour Presents

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

PBS NewsHour examines how the plastic we use is creating problems for our entire planet.

By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at this now ubiquitous material, how it's impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction. The Plastic Problem, airing Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, follows the 2018 Peabody Award-winning five-part PBS NewsHour series that explored the environmental threat from plastic pollution and potential alternatives.

Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of why the global extensive appetite for single-use plastic is one of the largest environmental threats. Traveling to multiple cities including Toronto, Canada — and with reports from the edge of the jungle in Malaysia, the Pacific shores of Costa Rica, to the rocky beaches of Easter Island — NewsHour’s team discovers extensive environmental damage plastic has already caused as well as potential solutions in plastic management. This report features interviews with Roland Geyer, Industrial Ecologist, University of California, Santa Barbara; John Coyne, Vice President, Legal and External Affairs, Unilever Canada; and Bea Perez, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Coca-Cola.