A PLASTIC OCEAN
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Engage your community in conversation and action! These films and resources are helpful during Earth Week and year-round.
Plastic Ocean Educational Supplement – link to pdf This companion guide to the film A Plastic Ocean helps educators teach their students to use the information presented in the documentary to learn about and create potential solutions to our plastic pollution problem. This guide is organized to follow along with the topics in the film
Educators can add the Earth Day Climate Education “End Plastic Pollution” K-12 Toolkit (also links to college and university toolkits and resources for all ages ) which has been downloaded over 11,000 times from the Earth Day Network website.
Blue Ocean Network is more than a news organization. They disseminate the latest scientific studies and ocean world news, along with direct experiences from their own in-the-water collaborative community. You’ll find helpful resources, make important connections and meet like-minded people through BON events. More importantly you’ll discover inspiration and positive actions, through the personal stories and news from your Ocean People. You can take action – right now – to be the change you want to see in the sea. Learn what you can do to Stop Ocean Plastic Debris, Books and articles on Living Plastic Free, Powerful Images on Plastic Pollution that have gone viral, Plastic Pollution Resources: Organizations Making our Seas Plastic-Free
Plastic Bank / Social Plastic – The Plastic Bank creates social and environmental impact in areas with high levels of poverty and plastic pollution by turning plastic waste into a currency. By enabling the exchange of plastic for money, items or Blockchain secured digital tokens, we reveal the value in plastic. This empowers recycling ecosystems around the world and stops the flow of plastic into our oceans. All while helping people living in poverty build better futures.
Read about a New Plastics Economy – an ambitious, three-year initiative to build momentum towards a plastics system that works. Applying the principles of the circular economy, it brings together key stakeholders to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging. This initiative brings together all of the major players in the field from plastic manufacturers to retailers and recyclers to create a common plastics protocol, which will make plastics easier to recycle; as well as launching a series of innovation moonshots including inventing a material which has all the properties of plastic but is able to dissolve safely in water.
Download Toolkit A Million Acts of Blue for a Plastics-Free Future. Greenpeace is calling on people around the world to create a “Million Acts of Blue” — actions to push retailers, corporations and businesses to reduce single-use plastic. It is going to take commitments both large and small to tackle the scale of the current plastic pollution crisis, and we all have a role to play. Every action to reduce single-use plastics sends a message to the industry that it’s time to change. We can no longer allow products that are used for a few seconds to pollute our planet for a lifetime.
In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, Bea, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better: they now have more time together, they’ve cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they’ve ever been.
This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets, and insights based on Bea’s experience. She demystifies the process of going Zero Waste with hundreds of easy tips for sustainable living that even the busiest people can integrate: from making your own mustard, to packing kids’ lunches without plastic, to canceling your junk mail, to enjoying the holidays without the guilt associated with overconsumption. Zero Waste Home is a stylish and relatable step-by-step guide that will give you the practical tools to help you improve your health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for your family—and the planet. Find it at Amazon
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From: Gravitas Ventures
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
The high cost — to both the environment and our health — of bottled water is the subject of this documentary that enlists activists, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry.
From: Virgil Films
Duration: 57 minutes
The invention of synthetic plastic created an era of disposable products. Watertight and endlessly malleable, plastic is the perfect invention yet, its miraculous durability is also its curse because it never goes away. In the early 21st Century, rumors about an island of garbage somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, started to rise. TV host and filmlmmaker Angela Sun, decided to investigate. Her journey takes her thousands of miles from human civilization. There, in what should be a remote tropical paradise, she discovers an ecosystem inundated by plastic waste. Exposed to seawater and sunlight, tons of discarded plastics are breaking down into smaller fragments resembling food to fsh and birds. The images Angela uncovers, combined with the latest evidence from researchers, shows that the truth behind the myth is much worse than imagined. A growing toxic confetti is transforming the oceans and is also working its way up the food chain that humans depend on. Angela returns from Midway with even more questions. She seeks out scientists and health experts who reveal that chemicals in many of the plastic products we take for granted 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.