From the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains, Plastic Oceans Foundation (POF) was recognized in the past week for increasing awareness of the dangerous impact of plastic pollution on the world’s bodies of water. At a gala event on California’s Santa Monica Pier and at an issues-oriented film festival in Colorado, we engaged in important conversations needed to change the habits of individuals and to create new policies of corporations and governments.
A Plastic Ocean debuts in Chile
On July 3, International Plastic Bag Free Day, Plastic Oceans Chile, in close collaboration with the Municipality of Providencia’s Environmental Commission, held the first screening of a A Plastic Ocean in Chile.
The turnout was overwhelming with almost 130 attending: neighbors, NGOs, representatives of various embassies, students, Chilean scientists, and volunteers. They all came to see what is happening in our oceans and learn from it.
By Helen Calcutt
To my mind, the most affected areas of plastic pollution were not at home. Plastic floated in Nan Hai and Dong Hai, and around countries like Brazil or further East, filtering from the landscapes of Indonesia, or Vietnam. They were ‘over there’, in places I couldn’t reach. Like so many in this world, my immediate concerns rested with what was in front of me: my daughter, her diet etc. I presumed the problem of plastic was ‘isolated’ to specific areas, and that these areas could be cleaned.
Business class: that holy grail of long-distance flying. For most people like myself it’s a section of the plane you walk through whilst navigating to the tiny piece of real estate at the back of the plane that will deliver hours of torture into the foreseeable future.
But not this day, June 2. As I handed my boarding card at the gate, the machine went red, the flight attendant paused and then delivered words that seemed to project with the voice of an angel, a full symphony choir, and the sudden glare of spotlights: “You’ve been upgraded, sir.” Hallelujah.
We continue to be humbled and grateful that our award-winning documentary, A Plastic Ocean, continues to screen to large audiences around the world, and is still creating meaningful change.
That’s exactly what happened recently when the film had its premiere in Macedonia, screening to a sold out audience of 260 at the Cinema Frosina, in Skopje.
More evidence that change is possible in our global effort to reduce single-use plastics.
On April 26, 2017, we partnered with the U.S. State Department and B-Green to screen A Plastic Ocean at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. The results? Change!
We are happy to report that after screening the film the Embassy announced that they would be announcing an initiative to phase out all styrofoam containers from their cafeteria, which translates into over 28,000 containers per year. That’s 28,000 fewer pieces of plastic-based pollution potentially making its way to our oceans!
We are honored to announce that A Plastic Ocean was the recipient of two awards at the Sedona International Film Festival (SIFF), which took place in the iconic Arizona resort town, February 18 – 26, 2017. Producer Jo Ruxton was on hand to receive the accolades for Best Documentary (Director’s Choice) and Best Environmental Film (Audience Choice).
On 11th January 2017, Barbados launched the inaugural Barbados Independent Film Festival where the screening of A Plastic Ocean was featured. Many other films were screened during this unique festival throughout the following week.
The LA premiere of A Plastic Ocean, on January 17, proved to be a resounding success. We had a great turnout at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, in Beverly Hills, which included a reception before the screening and an invigorating panel discussion that included: