CineScience London SRUK/CERU

· London, UK

Come and join us on the 19th of February at 18:30 for the screening of the award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean at Drayton House, UCL. The film will be followed by a Roundtable discussion with two experts in the field: Chiara Bancone, PhD student at UCL and King’s College of London who studies the distribution of microplastics in the sediments of UK, and Alex McGoran, PhD student at the Natural History Museum and Royal Holloway, University of London, who researched microplastics in the Thames and discovered evidence for the first time of fish in this river ingesting plastic.

A Plastic Ocean, described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the most important films of our time”, shows that the problem of plastic pollution is growing exponentially every year. Around 8 million tonnes of plastic is released into the ocean each year. The UN Environment Programme has estimated that plastics make up as much as 95% of the marine litter found on coastlines, sea surface, and the ocean floor. Due to the worldwide relevance of this environmental problem, a European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy was adopted by the European Commission on 16 January 2018. The UK Government has set out a four-point plan to reduce levels of plastic waste (A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment).

Plastic Oceans International is a global charitable organization that aims to make people understand the danger of continuing to perceive plastic to be disposable and to highlights the threat to human health. They have launched an awareness campaign using film and media reaching millions of people around the world. Their aim is to educate and engage everyone in a conversation to rethink plastic.

SRUK/CERU is contributing to this initiative sponsoring the screening of their documentary “A Plastic Ocean” in different constituencies through CineScience, an outreach activity where documentaries and movies are used as a tool to disseminate science to the general public. This award-winning documentary investigates the damage caused when indestructible things become disposable. A team of adventurers, researchers, and ocean ambassadors around the globe uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean.

Come and join us on the 19th of February at 18:30 in the Drayton House at UCL for a fantastic evening full of Science!