Plastic Free July Educational Film Screenings
July 17, 2020
By: Jaclyn Johnson
Check out some of these educational films to learn more about the issues around plastic pollution!
The Story of Plastic
Viewing Period July 22-July 29
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Produced by the Story of Stuff Project, The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing. The Story of Plastic features interviews with experts and activists on the frontlines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world, and the global movement that is rising up in response. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem what is increasingly affecting the planet's and its residents' well-being.
Thursday, July 23 8 pm EST/2pm HST
Plastic Warriors, filmed by Lavado Stubbs follows the story of Bahamas Plastic Movement Founder Kristal ‘Ocean’ Ambrose in her fight against plastic pollution. Streaming live on The Bahamas Plastic Movement YouTube and Facebook channels and Kōkua Hawai’i Foundation’s Facebook at 8PM EST/ 2 PM HST July 23, 2020
Friday July 24-Saturday July 25 (24 hr viewing window)
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MICROPLASTIC MADNESS is the story of 56 fifth graders from Red Hook, Brooklyn (NYC) – living on the frontline of the climate crisis – whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories.
With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists who are engaged in the most cutting edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming, yet charming narrative, conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms. These eleven-year-olds dive deep into the root causes of plastic pollution. Taking on the roles of citizen scientists and community advocates, they collect local data, lead community outreach, and use their own local data to inform policy by testifying and rallying at City Hall. Then they turned their focus back to school, taking action in their cafeteria to eliminate all single-use plastic! Created to inspire kids, teachers and policy makers alike, this is the spark needed to grow a youth-led Plastic Free Future movement in schools across NYC and beyond
Smog Of the Sea
To watch this film head to http://www.thesmogofthesea.com/host-a-screening Click. on “Download Screening Kit” to receive a free link and password to watch the film.
The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, Kōkua Hawai’i Foundation Co-Founder Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans. Be sure to check out the resource page for more information on how to get involved in the fight against plastic pollution!