Burning plastic waste and climate change: Can implementation science fix this global problem? 

Open burning of plastic waste is practiced widely across the globe and exposures to air pollution from plastic waste is harmful to human health. In this presentation, the effects of plastic waste burning/incineration on global climate change will be discussed. A case study will highlight the ECOLECTIVOS project, an implementation research study that is evaluating the uptake and sustainability of intervention strategies to reduce use, recycle, and repurpose plastic that will lead to reductions in household-level plastic burning in rural, indigenous Guatemalan communities. 

Featured Speaker(s):

Lisa M. Thompson, PhD, MS, RN, FNP, FAAN
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

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