Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

'Plastic Earth' Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Date and Time
Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University 2001 Campus Dr., Durham
'Plastic Earth' Film Screening & Panel Discussion


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In celebration of Earth Day, the Nicholas School of the Environment presents a screening of the new documentary film, Plastic Earth (2023), written and directed by Janice Overbeck. Worldwide plastic production from fossil-based sources contributes to climate change and pollution while threatening the health of many species. The film follows a concerned mother's exploration of the plastics problem and possible solutions through interviews with scientists, engineers, researchers and innovators.

A panel discussion follows the screening, with:

  • Rachel Karasik – Senior Policy Associate, Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability.
  • Michelle Nowlin – Clinical Professor of Law, Duke Law School; Professor of Environmental Sciences & Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment.
  • Janice Overbeck – Filmmaker; Plastic Earth, The Last Bumblebee.
  • Jason Somarelli – Assistant Professor in Medicine, School of Medicine; Assistant Professor of Marine Science & Conservation, Nicholas School of the Environment.
  • (Moderator) Prasad Kasibhatla – Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Senior Associate Dean of Research and Doctoral Programs, Nicholas School of the Environment.


This event complements the Nasher exhibition Spirit in the Land.

Sponsored by Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment.

Part of Duke Earth Month 2023