Talk on Plastics and Human Health

Monday, 4 November 2019 to Thursday, 7 November 2019

Kia ora koutou

Massey University’s Political Ecology Research Centre is pleased to announce three events with visiting scholar, Dr John Peterson ‘Pete’ Myers, on the topic of Plastics and Human Health.

Pete is founder, Board Chair, and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization promoting public understanding of advances in scientific research on links between the environment and human health ( He holds a doctorate in the biological sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from Reed College.  For a dozen years beginning in 1990, Pete served as Director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1991 he and Dr. Theo Colborn convened the Wingspread Conference that launched the interdisciplinary field of endocrine disruption. In 1996, Myers co-authored with Dr. Theo Colborn and Dianne Dumanoski Our Stolen Future, the first book for general audiences to explore how synthetic chemicals disrupt hormone signaling in people and wildlife, contributing to a growing epidemic of hormonally-related diseases and disabilities.  Myers has been honoured with multiple national and international awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Sierra Club, the Laureate Award for Outstanding Public Service from The Endocrine Society, and a “Champion of Environmental Health Research” award from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  In 2019 he received a special commendation from the Hawaii State Senate for his work on environmental health concerns.

Dr. Myers will give a talk at Palmerston North City Library on the 4th of November, Are Plastics a Threat to Human Health? He will be on the Wellington campus on the 5th  November and the Ministry for Environment on the 6th of November to present What’s safe and what’s not? The failure of chemical regulations to protect our health.