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Only 9% of all plastic is recycled.  12.7 million tons ends up in our oceans annually adding to the 15 million metric tons already present. By 2050, the amount of plastic swirling around will outweigh all the fish in the sea.   The amount of pastic produced annually is equal to the weight of all human beings on the planet

Plastic dependency as well as ineffective recycling policies endanger nearly 200 marine species including mammals and birds.  Recent studies reveal that 10% of global oxygen production is being negatively impacted due to carbon cycling disruption.  

Diane Decker and Carrie Rowe, co-presidents of Washington Environmental Council, lead a talk and  discussion on positive actions people can take on the individual, town and state level. You will leave feeling empowered, informed and prepared to affect positive change.


The Washington Environmental Council (WEC), founded in 1971, continues to be an environmental leader within the northwest corner of Connecticut.  In 1972, WEC began advocating the practice of recycling (a time in our country when very few people were predicting an environmental movement).  In 1989, WEC helped defeat the local routing of the Iroquois Pipeline (a 356 mile natural gas pipeline) proposed by Iroquois Gas Transmission System. Then in 1999, WEC joined a larger group that successfully persuaded the Connecticut Siting Council to deny any permits regarding the building of the Sempra Power Plant in New Milford. 


In 2015, WEC helped the Town of Washington become the first municipality in Connecticut to ban the storage of fracking waste. Then in 2019, WEC collaborated with the First Selectman’s Office, the Washington Business Association and town residents to become the first town in Litchfield County to ban single-use disposable plastic bags.


Carrie Rowe – Co-President of WEC.  In 2013 Carrie earned her Masters Degree in Experiential Health and Healing.  Carrie’s thesis was focused on Single Use Disposable Plastic and Its Effects on the Environment and Health.  Carrie Rowe, in conjunction with WEC and town officials, helped draft the town’s successful plastic single-use bag ordinance (passed 4/2019). Carrie lives on a small organic farm and is a member of BYOCT, the Steep Rock Association and the Washington Sustainability Commission. 

Diane Lash Decker – Co-President of WEC.  Diane has a Masters Degree in Bio-Nutrition, and her mission is to close the existing knowledge gap between consumers and food manufacturers with regard to the current environmental threats, i.e., overproduction, water over-use and harmful consumable packaging.  Diane lives on 11 beautiful acres, and her home’s energy comes from the sun (solar panels).

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