Last Wednesday 30th of January over 25 people assisted for the screening of the award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean in the Instituto Cervantes of Manchester.
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). 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.
The event count with the presence of Marc Hudson, an environmental activist and Ph.D. student at the University of Manchester, and D.r Annalisa Tirella, lecturer in the University of Manchester, who led a round table about possible technology and policy solutions after the documentary. Marc started talking about climate change policies and then Annalisa helped us with her view on how we can educate the new generation to think about the environment and waste reduction. All the audience participated with a fantastic debate about different pollution solutions and about our influence on this problem as plastic consumers.
Refreshment and Popcorn was provided during the event.
We really hope to see you back again in the next Cine Science event!