July 23, 2016
#1 HUMAN TRASH
With almost every action, humans make trash.
Casually, as a matter of course, we dispose.
Sprawl trashes, trash sprawls.
From the waters and surface of this planet,
To the air that we breathe;
From low earth orbit,
To the surface of the moon,
We leave our marks.
Together we’ll excavate
The refuse of the Anthropocene
and inspect the strength of our will,
guiding us toward what the future may hold.
Dr. Nathan Curry is post-doctoral fellow at the Concordia Institute for Water, Energy, and Sustainable systems currently doing research on waste management and waste-to-energy solutions for Arctic communities.
#2 SMALL CHANGES, BIG IMPACT: LIVING WASTE FREE
Living in our throw-away culture which idealizes ease and wastefulness, it can be difficult to see how we can make a dent in our ever-expanding landfills. After years of exasperation, I made the switch to living a 'waste-free' lifestyle and learned that, with a little planning, it's possible to live without a garbage can! In my talk, I'll show you how you can make tiny changes in your life to make a big impact in reducing the daily waste you send to the landfill!
Jessica Bebenek is a Toronto writer and poet, currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing & English at Concordia University. She has been living waste-free for nearly a year, has been vegan for five years--and yes, she still have a social life. In her spare time, she loves baking, knitting & embroidery, brewing kombucha, and making all of her own beauty products. www.jessicabebenek.com
#3 CINDERELLA GARBAGE!
Kimberlee Clarke is co-founder of CINDERELLA GARBAGE! Derived from the word cinder, Cinderella means speck of ash in English, remains of a material that has resulted from an incomplete combustion. Cinderella Garbage’s mission is to create and commercialize high-end jewelry and fashion accessories that are made out of compressed and vitrified garbage – our own speck of ash. http://www.cinderellagarbage.com/HOME.html