Uniting Communities and the Environment Through the Power of Film

The highly anticipated 3rd annual Trees & Seas film-activism festival is back and better than ever, continuing its growth and fostering sustainable community progress in their own backyards, ultimately contributing to a collective global impact against plastic pollution.

The Trees & Seas team, alongside the BlueCommunities organizations and valued members such as Bambuubrush, Natracare or One Tree Planted, strongly believes that ending plastic pollution is attainable when local communities are educated, engaged, and united in their efforts.

Central to the festival’s success is its innovative film-activism model, designed to harness the influential power of film as a medium for education and a catalyst for legislative change at the local level.

outdoor screening of film

Community screening during Trees & Seas 2022 featuring short films and documentaries from Plastic Oceans film library including Big Litter Ocean, A Plastic Ocean and Eating Up Easter.

“We recognize the incredible potential of uniting people at every level, from country-level to local communities, to enact meaningful global change. A global objective rests on local execution.”

– Julie Andersen, CEO & Founder of Plastic Oceans International

This year, with over 50 community film-activism festivals scheduled around the globe, Trees & Seas is poised to make an even greater impact on environmental awareness and action.  One of those communities is Walvis Bay, Namibia, led by Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN), who is the protagonist in our latest film, Cutting the Line. [See trailer]

cutting the line photo of seals and people helping them

Denzil Joseph from and Antoine Amory from Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) during a seal rescue

Everybody can do something. That is almost as important as big global policy changes because it is so abstract at the community level. To see change now, you can always change what you do yourself.”

– Katja Dreyer, Ocean Conservation Namibia.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary event that unites communities, sparks conversation, and drives positive change in ending plastic pollution. Join us for the 3rd annual Trees & Seas film-activism festival from September 1-10 and make a difference in our global community. Visit Trees & Seas for our toolkit to organize and host an event in your community!

classroom film screening

Youth screening of Plastic Ocean’s film Earth’s Ekko during Trees & Seas 2022 at in Campeche, Mexico

For more information about the Trees & Seas film-activism festival and its initiatives, please visit our website at www.treesandseas.earth or contact Salvador Avila at salvador@plasticoceans.org

About Trees & Seas:
Trees & Seas is an annual film-activism festival committed to eradicating plastic pollution by unifying community-driven activism and global education through the transformative power of film. Founded on the principle of “ONE,” the festival aims to bring together unique local communities as one global community on one planet with one environment.

About Plastic Oceans International
Plastic Oceans International is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable communities across the globe to end plastic pollution. We firmly believe that by taking local action, we can drive global change, and we harness the power of film to inform, inspire, and ignite community initiatives worldwide. In addition to their global entity, Plastic Oceans has branches in Canada, Chile, Mexico, Europe and the Great Lakes region of the U.S.

Julie Andersen is the CEO and Founder of Plastic Oceans International. Julie’s Plastic Oceans work combines her career protecting human and environmental health, life sciences education and love for the ocean. She has worked in public health and nonprofit management internationally for the past 20 years, including the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand.