Southeast Asia in Transition: Plastic Runs Through It


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Zoom Webinar

When: Sep 22 2021 - 2:00pm until Sep 22 2021 - 3:30pm

Plastics and Environmental Trash 

Southeast Asia in Transition: Plastic Runs Through It 
2021 Webinar Series
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In recent decades, people living in the Southeast Asia have witnessed major transformations in their lives and livelihoods. This series of seminars will focus on a variety of issues—all of which have a plastic connection. The first webinar introduces the expanding problem of plastic waste in the region and community and government action to reign it in. The following webinars talk about the growth of fisheries and aquaculture, the expansion of oil palm and rubber plantations, and the politics of conservation and heritage areas. This series of four webinars will explore how communities in the region are experiencing the economic, social, and cultural dislocations of these transformations. 


  • Doug WOODRING, Founder & Managing Director, Ocean Recovery Alliance
  • Tiza MAFIRA, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Indonesia Plastic Bag Diet Movement
  • Marian LEDESMA, Zero Waste Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
  • Quach Thi XUAN, Vietnam Consultant, Pacific Environment


  • Jennifer TURNER, Director, China Environment Forum & Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative, Wilson Center


Full Webinar Series Schedule 

Panel 1 : Sept 22 – Plastics and Environmental Trash 

Panel 2 : Oct 13 – Fisheries and Aquaculture 

Panel 3 : Nov 10 – Politics of Oil Palm and Rubber 

Panel 4 : Dec 8 – Politics of Conservation and Heritage 


This series is made possible through funding from the Henry Luce Foundation and is co-organized by Michigan State University-James Madison College and Asian Studies Center, the East-West Center, University of Hawai'i-Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa-Center for Chinese Studies, and Chiang Mai University-Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development. 


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Name: Jefferson Fox
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