CineScience SRUK/CERU

· Cambridge

Come and join us on the 30th of March at 11:30 for the screening of the award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean at Postdoc Centre, Mill Lane. The film will be followed by a Roundtable and discussion with Claudia Blanco (officer administrator in Fauna & Flora International) and Juan Manuel Bermudez (Postdoctoral researcher and science communicator in Fundamental and Environmental Chemistry at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy of the University of Cambridge).


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, an 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 organisation that aims to make people understand the danger of continuing to perceive plastic to be disposable and to highlight 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-wining 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.