When June 11, 2020 at 12:00pm 1 hr
Where ZOOM


A Water Webinar from the Wellington Water Watchers on plastic pollution & Ontario’s water resources. This webinar is the first installment in our series on water security in Ontario and is part of the People’s Water Campaign – a broad-based campaign to restore environmental protections for water security and help build the movement for water justice in Ontario.


With Guest Speakers:

Ashley Wallis - Ashley (she/her/hers) the Plastics Program Manager for Environmental Defence holds a B.Sc in Biology and an M.E.S. in Environment and Sustainability, both from Western University. Since joining Environmental Defence, she has led Water campaigns and now manages the campaign to End Plastic Pollution. During her years working in water advocacy, Ashley recognized the increasingly urgent need to address the plastic pollution crisis. As a former Great Lakes surfer, she would often bemoan the trash she bumped up against in the surf. Inspired by what engaged individuals can accomplish together and the power of environmental advocacy, Ashley is working to get Canada to zero plastic waste. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family exploring Toronto’s ravines and parks, and taking her energetic dog, Penny, for runs around the neighbourhood

Chelsea Rochman- Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor in Ecology at the University of Toronto and a scientific advisor to Ocean Conservancy. Chelsea received her PhD in Ecology from a joint program between University of California, Davis and San Diego State University in 2013. She then was a Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Biology. She was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2016. Chelsea has been researching the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for more than a decade. She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. In addition to her research, Chelsea works to translate her science beyond academia. For example, Chelsea presented her work to the United Nations General Assembly and at the US State Department.

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