Plastic Paradise

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ossining Library’s Budarz Theater: 53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

View the trailer for Plastic Paradise

View the post-screening panel discussion

Meet the panelists:

Debra Magadini
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Debra Magadini is a researcher at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory studying microplastics in the gut tissue of marine organisms. Debra’s study, which was recently mentioned in National Geographic’s June issue on plastic pollution, identifies and quantifies microplastics in commercially available bivalves and shrimp, as well as fish harvested from the Hudson River Estuary. When not in the lab at Lamont, Debra divides her time working with students from LDEO’s Secondary School Field Research Program, as well as serving as a visiting faculty member for the Berkshire Waldorf High School in Stockbridge, MA.

Debra received her BA in theater from the University of Washington, and holds a Master’s degree in secondary education specializing in biology from the Steinhart School at New York University. Earlier this year, Debra was selected to be one of eighteen educators serving as Educator Ambassadors to NASA. In addition to enjoying a previous and successful career in theatrical lighting, Debra is also an avid scuba diver and has participated in several scientific studies of the coral reef systems of Bacalar Chico, Belize, and Andavadoaka, Madagascar.


Jordan Christensen, Hudson Valley Program Coordinator, Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Jordan Christensen is a NY Program Coordinator with Citizens Campaign for the Environment.  She began working as CCE’s Hudson Valley Program Coordinator in 2011 and currently works on local, state, and federal campaigns out of CCE’s Long Island office. Jordan conducts research, lobbying, and public education on a variety of issues, including drinking water protection, renewable energy, and banning toxic chemicals. She currently chairs the Clean Seas Coalition’s Atlantic Chapter, EPA’s Trash Free Waters Plastic Bag Working-group, and has worked with municipalities throughout New York to implement policies that reduce our reliance on single-use plastics.