On Thursday, June 29, from 6-9 p.m., the third wave of the Better World Series crashes onto Santa Barbara’s Impact Hub (1117 State St.) spilling the theme “Peace Out Plastics!” over audience members to encourage kicking plastics to the curb! In efforts to inspire reducing, reusing, and recycling plastic materials, this wave of the series first hosts Alison Teal, or the “female Indiana Jones.” This survivor of Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid, soul surfer, camel driver, adventurer and Hawaii native will share her world-wide travels, ongoing plastic-reduction efforts and educational outreach regarding plastic pollution in marine environments. Growing up in some of the most primitive, inaccessible and often dangerous mountains and uncharted wilderness areas of the world, Teal’s presentation offers viewers a first-hand look into the secrets of survival, sustainability and happiness.
Following Teal’s talk is the executive director of the international nonprofit 5 Gyres, Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, who will share the work and successes of 5 Gyres, international businesses, and local nonprofits. A former journalist with a MA from USC, Rachel was the Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World and founder of Eco Stiletto and MommyGreenest.com. She promoted sustainability on The Today Show and CNN, among others, and authored The Big List of Things That Suck and The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy Birth & Beyond.
These two women will be joined by Explore Ecology, Save the Mermaids and others who will showcase the latest and greatest in plastic-free and up-cycled to empower the community to pledge to be plastic free!