The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish

March 15, 2013

Invite me to come visit

North-Carolina-presentations-04aYou may have noticed I haven’t been blogging super regularly. That’s because I’ve been traveling around giving talks on plastic-free living in lots of cool places and meeting some amazing people.

Last week, I got together with Danielle Richardet (of the blog It Starts With Me), who cleans up plastic trash on her local beach with her kids and worked on getting smoking banned at the beach, and Bonnie Monteleone (of The Plastic Ocean Project), who has taken several trips out to the Pacific Garbage Patch to see ocean plastic pollution for herself.  The three of us gave a couple of joint presentations on plastic in the ocean and ways to reduce plastic in our homes and on our planet.  I discovered that presenting with other people, especially local people, is way more fun AND way more effective than simply doing it myself.

We talked to folks at the library in Greensboro, NC:

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And we talked to folks at UNCW in Wilmington, NC:

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The video from the UNCW talk will be up, hopefully by this weekend, and I will share it here.  In the meantime, here is an example of the kind of talk that I give when I am by myself.  This is a short version.  The longer version contains more information about solutions, as well as a whole section on the drawbacks to recycling.

 

But speaking alone isn’t as effective as speaking with other local people.  Why?  Because this isn’t about me.  And especially because people need to know that reducing plastic is doable wherever they live… not just in the San Francisco Bay Area.  And that someone who lives in the community is actually doing it.

Lisa-SharpOn April 2, I will be giving a presentation in Tulsa, OK along with Lisa Sharp, who blogs at Retro Housewife Goes Green and founded Green Oklahoma.  Lisa Sharp is one of the people profiled in my book, and while I’ve known her via the Internet for years, I’m so happy to finally meet her in person!   Here are details of the event at the University of Tulsa.

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My Plastic-free Life
8 years ago

Margaret McDonnell, Jantil Moon, Sandy Weex, Claire Wallerstein, Larisa Lieberman, Sabina Lucia I would need some serious sponsorship to cover travel costs and honorarium to come to U.K. / Europe. I would do it if I could arrange several different talks in order to justify the carbon emissions. Do you guys have ideas of what organizations might be interested?

My Plastic-free Life
8 years ago

Cathy Go, Sarah Mazzone, LJ Livingston, Heat Dziczek, Suzanne Meyer, Jeanne Bruner if any of you want to discuss logistics of arranging talks in your area, please email me at beth [at] myplasticfreelife [dot] com. We can talk about what is required. Thank you so much!

My Plastic-free Life
8 years ago

Jackie Davison, how close is Sunnyvale to Los Altos? I’ll be in Los Altos on May 6. Details to follow.

My Plastic-free Life
8 years ago

Lynette Dumas, you should meet Kay Pere. She also lives in Connecticut and would like to arrange something. I can put you two in touch if you want.

kdozers
8 years ago

Hi Beth,
The non-profit I work with is considering hosting a Plastic Education Day and would love to have you come speak. I was wondering if you ever get to the East Coast/DC area. If not, do you know of any other speakers in our neck of the woods? Thanks for all the great info and links!

Beth Terry
8 years ago
Reply to  kdozers

Hi. My family actually lives in the DC area. Will you please send me an email? beth [at] myplasticfreelife [dot] com.

conniehealth
8 years ago

Definitely will come see you at ingredients. I love your newsletter and your site is what got me to thinking about all the plastic we use then trash or recycle. I really appreciate you getting the education started and now you have all your readers as team members. I want to know when you do your talk in Austin. I might even come to the Eco event. I am starting my own business so I am in action and creating customers. Its around food allergies. My main goal is to support restaurants or other institutions with a food allergy training system. My is different and I think supports in a different context than what is out there now.

I appreciate your updates too. Its the only way I can keep up with everything that is shifting. I am so excited about the gmo labels showing up with the non gmo organization and plastic. We have a plastic bag ban in austin and it makes a difference. Now to educate everyone about trash and that there isnt a need for plastic product bags either…

thanks,
Connie

My Plastic-free Life
8 years ago

Alice Williams O’Dea could you please email me directly re possibilities for plastic-free talk in TN? Would love to come. beth [at] myplasticfreelife [dot] com

My Plastic-free Life
8 years ago

Margaret McDonnell, Jantil Moon, Sandy Weex, Claire Wallerstein, Larisa Lieberman, Sabina Lucia I would need some serious sponsorship to cover travel costs and honorarium to come to U.K. / Europe. I would do it if I could arrange several different talks in order to justify the carbon emissions. Do you guys have ideas of what organizations might be interested?

My Plastic-free Life
8 years ago

Cathy Go, Sarah Mazzone, LJ Livingston, Heat Dziczek, Suzanne Meyer, Jeanne Bruner if any of you want to discuss logistics of arranging talks in your area, please email me at beth [at] myplasticfreelife [dot] com. We can talk about what is required. Thank you so much!

My Plastic-free Life
8 years ago

Jackie Davison, how close is Sunnyvale to Los Altos? I’ll be in Los Altos on May 6. Details to follow.

My Plastic-free Life
8 years ago

Lynette Dumas, you should meet Kay Pere. She also lives in Connecticut and would like to arrange something. I can put you two in touch if you want.

Beth Terry
8 years ago

I’m excited about how the plastic-free movement is growing. If you would like to arrange for me to come and give a talk, please contact me via the Contact Form on this site. That’s easier because I am not able to keep up with comments as much as I would like.

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Beth Terry
8 years ago

tkins Hi. I love what you are doing. You should totally connect up with Lisa Sharp, who runs the blog Retro Housewife Goes Green and Green Oklahoma. I profiled her in my book. She campaigned to get curbside pickup in her town and can probably give you a lot of good advice. She’s at retrohousewife05@gmail.com. Also, if the university would be willing to sponsor me, I would be happy to come and give a talk.

Beth Terry
8 years ago

alyssadlee Hi Alyssa. Well, it’s now too late for Earth Month, but I’d love to come to UCLA at some point. Do you want to help me arrange it? Would need sponsorship. Email me. beth@myplasticfreelife.com

Beth Terry
8 years ago

_hillary Hi. Unfortunately, the Boston trip has been put on hold. I’ll update the calendar when it’s back on or when I will be in the area.

Beth Terry
8 years ago

@Sarah S Yes. I’d love to come to IN. Will you please email me directly to discuss? beth@myplasticfreelife.com

Beth Terry
8 years ago

@Larisa Lieberman Would love to. I doubt it will happen in the near future unless I can arrange a whole tour to justify the carbon expense. Not to mention the money. :-)

Beth Terry
8 years ago

@melanie t Hi. I would be very interested in coming to Canada if I can get sponsorship. Will you please email me directly to discuss? beth@myplasticfreelife.com

Beth Terry
8 years ago

@Evangeline Navarone As long as I don’t have to shoot wolves. :-)

Beth Terry
8 years ago

@Sabina Lucia OMG I would love to come to London. I want to visit Unpackaged. I was there once in the mid-90’s, but not since. I would have to arrange a lot of different talks in order to justify the carbon emissions. :-)

Beth Terry
8 years ago

@Alice Williams O’Dea I’d love to come to TN. Will you please email me directly so we can discuss sponsorship ideas? beth@myplasticfreelife.com

Beth Terry
8 years ago

@Janice Pennington Can you help me arrange this? Would love to discuss the possibilities. Please send me an email. beth@myplasticfreelife.com

Beth Terry
8 years ago

HeatherA Hi. Would you please email me directly so we can discuss? beth@myplasticfreelife.com. So far I’ve only visited Portland.

Maddy4moos
8 years ago

I’ve had a quick stroll around your website you are based in San Francisco (I think) but if you are near the UK please let me know (i will bookmark this page) as it sounds like something my company would be very interested in. My company deals in recycled plastics and we are always looking at ways to help the environment and from what I have read you are a very inspirational woman who could help us alot.

I personally recycle what I can at home and try to reuse bags and stuff but to do what you are doing is great – I honestly don’t know how you do it so much! `Next time I find myself in the supermarket I will find myself seriously considering the packaging that I am buying along with the food I buy – Thank you for that I think you have given me the wakeup call I needed.

I will link in my company website below and you can find my office contact details on there if you are ever in the UK – just ask for Maddy.

ShelleyBurns
8 years ago

spokane wa would love to have you and I would love to speak with you!

Beth Terry
8 years ago
Reply to  ShelleyBurns

Hi. Please send me a direct email at beth@myplasticfreelife.com to figure out how we could arrange a trip to Spokane. I’ll actually be in the San Juan Islands in a couple of weeks. Is that anywhere near Spokane? (I know… I could look it up on the map. Just being lazy.)

robbie
8 years ago

@Sarah S I’d make the drive for this!

robbie
8 years ago

Would love it if you could make it to Indy sometime!

Beth Terry
8 years ago
Reply to  robbie

How can we make it happen? Email me. Let’s figure it out.

Sandra Ann Harris
8 years ago

we enjoyed having you in lafayette with ECOlunchboxes !

Beth Terry
8 years ago

@Sandra Ann Harris Thanks!

Dana
8 years ago

Beth! You’re my hero! Please come to Milwaukee WI!!!! We have a great Urban Ecology Center that I’m sure would love to have you speak.

Assilem
8 years ago

I hope you can come to Austin Texas! Maybe at in.gredients?if no one else here would talk I’d do it, but I’m sure there are people here who are free-er of plastic than me.

HeatherA
8 years ago

Dear Beth,

My husband and I would love to have you come speak in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.
I am posting a comment so that you may get in touch with me regarding a speaking engagement.

Thank you,

Heather and Robert

Janice Pennington
8 years ago

Come to Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. Hook up with a few local ‘green’ groups and do a large theatre lecture, do a few school presentations, universities….etc You can even stay at my house. :)

Danielle Richardet
8 years ago

It’s true! It’s true! If I can do it so can you! :D

Maureen Hayes Soch
8 years ago

awesome Beth !!

Alice Williams O'Dea
8 years ago

Chattanooga, TN!! I’ll start looking into sponsors…

Sabina Lucia
8 years ago

Yes, come to London & I will happily co present!

Evangeline Navarone
8 years ago

Come visit Wasilla, Alaska

Larisa Lieberman
8 years ago

Please come to my (adopted) town of London, England.

Lynette Dumas
8 years ago

Come visit Connecticut, and I’ll present with you!!

Toni Mladineo Muro
8 years ago

BienvenuE avec mon ile’ !Dalmacija:viva;)))

Valeria Farias
8 years ago

Would like to have you in Cupertino, Ca!

Kate Macgregor
8 years ago

Hmmmm wonder how much it would cost to bring you to New Zealand.

Jeanne Bruner
8 years ago

Would love to have you in North Idaho.

Suzanne Meyer
8 years ago

Beth Please come to Springfield MA Pretty please.

Heat Dziczek
8 years ago

I would love to speak with you in Phoenix. I have a bookstore in mind as well.

Claire Wallerstein
8 years ago

and the UK!

Sam Palmer
8 years ago

I wish you could come to canada!!

Sandy Weex
8 years ago

please, come to Europe? :)

Jantil Moon
8 years ago

And Worcester UK! :)

Ruth Gewing
8 years ago

Come speak at Jordan’s school