An award-winning documentary, A Plastic Ocean had a special screening on 18 January hosted by the Hadland Green Foundation.
The documentary follows an international team of adventurers, researches and ocean ambassadors on a mission around the globe showing the devastating effects of our disposable lifestyle on marine life and the consequences for human health.
The film also reveals the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the ocean’s surface, with more than eight million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans each year.
The film focusses on the human impact we have had on the oceans across the globe. With 80% of plastic in the ocean coming from land-based sources. Highlighting the ‘break up’ of plastics being transformed into micro-plastics which is then consumed and ingested by all marine mammal and sea birds.
During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world, documenting the global effects of plastic pollution and introducing workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.
Adrian Hooper, who saw the film, said, “I wanted to say thanks to you and the team for you putting on such a thought-provoking event. As someone who is a keen diver it was a shock to see just how bad the situation is in the oceans.”
And Sarah Selby from The Imagery UK Tweeted ‘The film #APlasticOcean was amazing and inspiring. Let’s create #AWaveofChange’
The screening was followed by a discussion with David Jones from A Plastic Ocean. The lively debate included topics regarding consumer-led initiatives with increased recycled methods through to government-led policy regarding microbeads.
Hadland Green Foundation has been set up as registered charity which has been renamed GECCO (Green Education to the Community Coalition) to provide education to pre-schools, schools and businesses across the UK. Educating them on how to be more environmentally conscious about the consumption and disposal of everyday items. Through expert research and education GECCO aims to build the awareness necessary to help change bad habits and encourage investment in ‘greener’ practices.
A Plastic Ocean has been released on iTunes and other online movie platforms. Website: http://www.plasticoceans.org