Our Story

PoP is a media platform for multicultural changemakers to hear powerful, intergenerational, and solutions-oriented conversations that center the intersection between environmental and racial justice.

We believe personal stories that center the voices of the most impacted will always be more accurate and humanized, and therefore, more likely to drive meaningful social change.

Through in-person storytelling salons, digital media projects, and strategic media campaigns — we tell stories to disrupt harmful narratives and to inform movements for justice.


People over Plastic seeks to create a cultural and media hub centered on environmental justice, bringing together leaders, activists, journalists, artists, and community members for thought-provoking and accessible dialogues.


People over Plastic’s mission is to start inclusive and solutions-oriented dialogues that center environmental justice and power an anti-racist future.

Core Values

Meet people where they are
We make digestible and shareable information and events accessible for audiences, including emphasizing key connections around social, racial, and climate justice.
Decolonize narratives
We center a counter-narrative to the stories often guided by whiteness.
Pass the mic
We amplify the stories of climate justice voices and their call-to-actions, with a focus on untold and historically excluded narratives.
We focus on trust by emphasizing lived experiences and research that acts as a starting point for audiences to learn more about the climate and plastic crisis.

Meet The Team

Shilpi Chhotray
Co-founder and Executive Director
Patrice Simms
Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor
Dawn Mundo
Project Management / Operations Director
Yvonne Chen
Managing Director
Farha Akhtar
Dennis Maxwell
Production Lead
© People over Plastic 2023