About a 300 U.S. cities and two states have banned single-use plastic bags. Seminole Gaming is phasing out plastic straws at their casinos, resorts and restaurants in Florida. The actions are an attempt to limit plastic waste that is posing an increasing threat to whales, turtles, seabirds and other animals. Some tribes are also worried plastics pollution affects their health and sustenance. Researchers with Ikaarvik in the Arctic are sampling ocean waters for micro plastics pollution and checking whether it’s affecting Indigenous residents. On Earth Day, we’ll take a look at how plastics pollution is affecting Native communities and what’s being done about it.
Tina Ngata (Ngati poru woman) – Indigenous advocate
Helen Dangel (Sitka tribal member from the Kaagwaantaan clan) – natural resource specialist with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska
Eric Solomon – director of Arctic programs at Ocean Wise and director of Ikaarvik
Kimeona Kane (Kanaka Maoli) – director of community relations at 808 Cleanups
Break 1 Music: This Land (song) Keith Secola (artist) Native Americana – A Coup Stick (album)
Break 2 Music: Stadium Pow Wow (feat. Black Bear) (song) A Tribe Called Red (artist) Stadium Pow Wow (feat. Black Bear) (single )