On Thursday 15th November 2018, SRUK Oxford hosted the screening of the award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean at The Queen’s College Shulman Auditorium. The event counted with Jeremy Raguain, Project Officer from the Seychelles Islands Foundation. and the tem of the Aldabra Clean-up Project, who discussed technology and policy solutions with an audience of around 60 people.
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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.