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When Adrienne Campbell first saw the new movie “A Plastic Ocean,” she was left speechless. “Even in the middle of a vast ocean, where you think it’s just a big blue sea and pure, clean water, they find bits of micro-plastic.”

Although she’d been aware that plastic pollution was a problem, she hadn’t realized how big the problem really was.

Yet rather than be overwhelmed, she started thinking about her own habits, and how simple it is to change them. And she decided to spread the word by helping to organize the first Quebec screening of the movie in Montreal. The date: June 8, 2017, to coincide with World Oceans Day.

In “A Plastic Ocean,” an international team of divers, adventurers and researchers go on a mission to discover what lurks beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine ocean. The feature-length documentary was made by the Plastics Oceans Foundation, an international network of independent not-for-profit organizations. Filmed in 20 locations around the world, “A Plastic Ocean” gives a global perspective on the issue of plastic waste in our oceans and examines the extent of the problem. Most importantly, it shows how we can turn it around, through knowledge, behavioural changes and technology.Poster snippet

The screening, to take place at Concordia University in downtown Montreal, will be followed by a panel discussion, led by Peter Stoett, director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre and a senior research fellow with the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. He and other local experts will talk about plastic pollution in a Montreal context.

The event is being organized by a team including Jordan Keenan from the 5 Gyres Institute, Emma Langson from the Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada, Adrienne Campbell and other concerned citizens. Sustainable Concordia and Life Without Plastic are also contributing.

Plastic-Free Fair

Just before the screening, the public is invited to a Plastic-Free Fair to meet people from different organizations and businesses and learn about local resources for reducing waste. The evening will end with a raffle draw for a variety of gift certificates and sustainable supplies. The raffle will help cover the event’s costs, and any profits will support local projects of the Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada.

“There are so many causes, and you can’t be invested and involved in all of them,” says Campbell. “But this is something where even people who are busy . . . can have an impact, just through their own day-to-day actions. It doesn’t require a whole lot of effort.”

The event is FREE but tickets can be reserved through EventBrite, where you can also purchase raffle tickets ($3 each or five for $10).

And there’s still room for other local groups or businesses to participate! If you’d like to have a table at the fair or contribute to the event, contact Adrienne Campbell. She also encourages people to share the poster, spread the word and bring their friends!

A PLASTIC OCEAN – MONTREAL SCREENING
WHEN: Thursday, June 8, 2017
WHERE: Concordia University’s Sir George Williams Alumni Auditorium (Room H-110, Hall Building), 1455 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West, Montreal, QC
SCHEDULE:
6 – 7 p.m.: Plastic-Free Fair
7 – 8:30 p.m.: Screening of “A Plastic Ocean”
8:30 – 9:00 p.m.: Panel discussion, Q&A and raffle draw for prizes

RESERVE your tickets
SHARE the Facebook event page

From the Plastic Oceans website:
• We use over 300 million tonnes of new plastic every year. Half of this we use just once and usually for less than 12 minutes.
• 8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year.
• Over 600 species of marine life are known to suffer directly from plastic pollution. . . .  Over 90% of seabirds worldwide have plastic pieces in their stomachs.

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