Activist community


The next Academic Branch Library Online Podcast Club meeting will be Thursday, April 21, starting at 6:00 p.m. In recognition of Earth Day in April, the theme for the month is “Save the Oceans”. A link to the Webex meeting will be emailed to everyone who registers.

Similar to a book club, the Podcast Club offers podcast listeners the opportunity to come together to discuss podcast selections from a themed podcast playlist and share their opinions on hot topics. . Each month features a different theme, along with a short list of podcast episodes.

A direct link to the podcasts can be found on the Fort Bend County Libraries Virtual Events Online Calendar on the SPFL website. The podcast playlist to choose from includes:

“Transforming plastic waste from the oceans into sportswear” – Business with Purpose, 31 m. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be as much plastic in the ocean as there are fish. The industrial fishing industry actually generates 10% of this waste in the form of discarded fishing nets and fishing gear, or around 640,000 tonnes each year. An estimated 46% of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from fishing gear alone. In this episode, find out how Hannah Tomita is tackling the problem of plastic in the oceans in a truly unique way. Tomita is the founder and creator of Kaira Active; all of their products are made from recycled fishing nets and fishing gear.

“Emily Penn: The Root Causes and Effects of Ocean Plastic Pollution” – Green Dreamer, 36 m. In this podcast episode, Emily Penn explains why people in developed countries can’t just look at the top sources of ocean plastic pollution from “developing countries” and think it absolves us of all responsibility; the known and unknown health effects of chronic exposure to plastic pieces and their associated chemicals; and more. Penn is an ocean advocate and skipper who has spent the past decade exploring plastic pollution from the tropics to the Arctic.

“Friendly Floatees” – What you need to know, 13 m. In 1992, over 28,000 rubber ducks escaped into the ocean and began a decades-long experiment in oceanography.

“Act like an activist” – Break dishes, 50 m.

Actor/activist Petrice Jones set out to change the plastic bottle industry by creating a reusable water bottle that could be handed out on film sets, instead of plastic bottles. He started The One Movement – every bottle purchased removes 44lbs/20kg of low-grade ocean waste (equivalent to 2,000 single-use plastic bottles) and converts it into the raw materials needed to create a home, which he builds then. These are given to homeless waste pickers who clean up our waterways. So not only is One Movement trying to provide an alternative to plastic water bottles, but it’s actually eliminating ocean waste and impacting the social problems it causes.

“Ocean Swimming… in Plastic Pollution” – The Pod: Ocean Swimming, 44 m.

Dr Jennifer Lavers is a research scientist at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She is a marine ecotoxicologist specializing in tropical and temperate seabird ecology, plastic pollution (marine debris), invasive species management and fisheries bycatch. His research examines how large marine predators, such as seabirds, act as sentinels of ocean health and focuses on aquatic ecosystem pollutants such as plastics, heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and radionuclides. She is also very interested in science and conservation awareness.

· “Trash Patches: How Gyres Take Our Trash Out to Sea,” NOAA Ocean Podcast, 10m. Find out how the gyres that circulate our ocean waters also accumulate plastics. Find out what a trash can is and isn’t, and what we can do to solve this ocean-sized problem.

The online podcast club is free and open to the public. Registration is mandatory; a link to the Webex meeting will be emailed to everyone who registers. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Classes & Events”, select “Virtual Programs” and find the program. Participants can also register by calling the SPFL Communications Office (281-633-4734).