Plastic Oceans Documentary Film Screening & Q&A by Producer Jo Ruxton
Talk with Christabel Reed
This powerful environmental documentary explores the newest science to portray the havoc caused by plastics pollution to our ocean, health and wellbeing. We discover the truth behind plastics, and why we must act now before it’s too late. The event is organised in collaboration with Advaya Initiative – an environmental and wellbeing organisation and a platform for change.
‘The most important film of our time ’David Attenborough Plastic pollution is a global issue that irreversibly impacts our ocean, our health and our wellbeing. This powerful environmental documentary explores the latest science to portray the havoc it causes, and why we must act now, before it is too late.
About The Film#
It all started when Producer Jo Ruxton joined an expedition to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre, 1500 miles off the coast of San Francisco, to ascertain its impact. When the expedition discovered free-floating microplastics instead of an anticipated solid mass that could be contained, Jo knew she had to begin the film that would become A Plastic Ocean.
Together with journalist Craig Leeson and cetacean expert Dr. Lindsay Porter, Jo contacted the world’s experts to see what was known about plastic pollution in the gyres. The team expanded to include Dr. Bonnie Monteleone and free diving champion Tanya Streeter, and together they set off on what would be a four-year global odyssey to explore the issue of plastics in our oceans and its effect on marine ecosystems and human health, including endocrine disruption. This film is a testament to what they discovered. Plastic Oceans Foundation
Plastic Oceans Foundation is a global charitable organisation that aims to change the worlds’ attitude to plastic in a single generation. The organisation aims to limit the demand for non-essential plastic, using the Ocean as a litmus test to monitor the impact of this man-made pollution crisis on human health. Their main aim is to engage people of all ages, in all social situations, to understand the danger of continuing to perceive plastic to be disposable. Once we become aware of the ultimate threat to human health, it will become a personal choice to prevent plastic waste from entering the environment.
The event is a collaboration between The Regent Street Cinema & Advaya Initiative.
Plastic pollution is a global issue that impacts our ocean, our health and our wellbeing. Through education, science and our film, the Plastic Oceans team is working to stem the tide of plastic entering the ocean, before it is too late.
Did you know:
We use over 300 million tonnes of new plastic every year. Half of this we use just once and usually for less than 12 minutes. 8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year. Over many years, as this plastic waste is carried along by ocean currents, it breaks up into tiny pieces. So much is getting into our ocean that in some places these plastic particles outnumber plankton by a ratio of 26:1 A large amount of this Dzthrown awaydz plastic carries toxic chemicals such as BPA, phthalates, pesticides and PCBs.
A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.
Christabel Reed #
Christabel Reed is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist trained in Hatha, Ayurveda and the lineage of Krishnamacharya and Sri Desikachar. At the heart of her practice and teaching is the exploration of how we can come back to our most natural state — to our wholeness.