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Cool Solutions

35 EpisodesProduced by Wendy RingWebsite

Stories about regular Americans taking climate action where they live. What they're doing, how they're succeeding, and why their solutions are so cool. There's lots that communities can do about climate. Tune in and get inspired.


Stories from the Great NJ Plastic Ban

When Teaneck NJ Girl Scouts saw pictures of birds tangled in plastic bags, they got to work and sparked a movement that led to the strongest state plastic ban in the US.

This is an engaging story about how big change happens when local efforts add up; with side trips into the chemistry of plastics, the importance of plankton poop, and comics as a metaphor for life.

Judith Enck Beyond Plastics
John Weber Surfrider Foundation
Steve Jasiecki Sustainable Downbeach
Monica Coffee Sustainable Downbeach
Eliza Stilletto NJ Girl Scout Troop 19


:11 How big a deal is plastic for climate?


1:46 Science nerd minute: the chemistry of making plastic from fossil fuel


2:26 Ocean plastic’s impacts, from plankton to people


5:15 The dramatic rise in plastic production and greenhouse gas emissions


5:44 Why giving up your straw won’t solve the problem.


7:55 Monica and Steve in Downbeach, NJ decide to work on a bag ban


10:35 Political pushback and a detour by balloon


12:32 Victory in Downbeach


13:11 Teaneck Girl Scout Troop 19 gets passionate about plastics


15:26 Girl Scouts go to Teaneck City Council and get a pat on the head.




18:48 Victory in Teaneck


19:11 Municipal bans spread to other towns and the campaign for a statewide ban begins.


21:00 The girls’ Plastic Bag Monster meets a real plastic lobbyist, and they do some lobbying of their own.


25:52 Monica and Eliza share the big lessons



Beyond Plastic 

South Jersey Surfrider, Rise Above Plastics

Banning Plastic Bags Town by Town, a guide 

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