CineScience SRUK/CERU

· Oxford

A Plastic Ocean: an award-wining documentary described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the most important films of our time”.

We invite you to join us on the 15th of November at The Queen’s College (Oxford) – Shulman Auditorium (6:30pm) for our first SRUK screening in Oxford. The event will count with Jeremy Raguain, Project Officer from the Seychelles Islands Foundation. Not only we aim to spread the message of the need to prevent plastic waste from entering the environment, but also the positive solutions we can apply to stop the negative impact of plastic. After the screening, we will discuss technology and policy solutions with the team from the Aldabra Clean-up project (https://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/aldabra). The Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site counts with an incredibly rich and diverse ecosystem, currently under threat from increasing marine plastic pollution. This project is an example of the solutions that can be applied by leading an expedition to the remote Aldabra Atoll to remove tonnes of ocean trash from its shores.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration through Eventbrite is needed (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cinescience-srukceru-tickets-51884087703).

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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.