Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Angela Sun, director. The invention of synthetic plastic created an era of disposable products. Watertight and endlessly malleable, plastic’s miraculous durability is also its curse because it never goes away. In a remote tropical paradise Sun discovers an ecosystem inundated by plastic waste. Tons of discarded plastics are breaking down into smaller fragments resembling food to fish and birds. Growing toxic confetti is transforming the oceans and working its way up the food chain that humans depend on. Angela returns from her Midway Island paradise with more questions: she seeks out scientists and health experts who reveal that chemicals in many plastic products are harmful; she encounters environmental activists trying to raise awareness and legislators struggling to address the problem; she uncovers the hidden truth about recycling and attempts to contact the leaders of an all-powerful petrochemical industry in control of our limitless production and consumption of plastic. Angela's journey is one that everyone living in a disposable society needs to see. USA, 2013, USA. 57 mins.
Thursday, October 9, 6 pm. Templeton Hall. $5. Cash bar.