Plastic. It is all around us. We use it every day in many ways… from our disposable morning coffee cup to our trusty mobile phone to life-saving medical supplies… but just how much is too much? Join Redland City Council, Reef Check Australia, SEQ Catchments and Sunshine Coast Council to take a closer look at the impacts plastic waste has on our environment and even our health.
On Tuesday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 16, the groups will hold 2 events to screen the award-winning movie Bag It: Is your life too plastic? and will be joined by speaker Tim Silverwood, passionate surfer, journalist and environmentalist.
‘‘The Bag It documentary offers an insightful look at the huge amount of plastic we rely on in our modern day society and both the environmental and human impacts that plastic waste can have, starting with the ubiquitous plastic bag,’’ Tim said.
Tim is currently travelling the country spreading the word and screening the movie, whilst also sharing some of his captivating stories and photos from his recent research expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Estimated to be twice the size of Texas, the collection of floating plastic in the North Pacific Ocean is a concrete reminder that, as Jeb Berrier says in the movie, ‘‘just because plastic is disposable, doesn’t mean it just goes away’’.
Closer to home, find out more at this event about the work being done by local groups within south east Queensland to reduce plastic waste and how to get involved. Reef Check Australia’s General Manager Jennifer Loder says that plastic waste in our oceans is a growing problem.
“A lot of waste that ends up in our oceans is out of sight, out of mind, but it can be very harmful for marine life. Plastic sticks around in the environment for a very long time and can cause harm to marine animals who ingest debris or become entangled in it.’’
“Reef Check helps people take action on this issue. Our activities can reduce the negative impacts of marine debris on marine ecosystems through underwater clean ups, data reporting from our long-term volunteer reef health monitoring program and also by reminding people where their rubbish can end up,” she said.
Check out the Bag It: Is your life too Plastic? movie. Then decide for yourself.
Watch the trailer at: www.bagitmovie.com
UnderWater World, Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Tuesday, November 15 2011 @ 6pm to 8:30pm
$5, which includes entry to main exhibit areas in UnderWater World from 6pm to 7pm
Contact: Please email Reef Check on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.
2 November 2011
Is your life too plastic?
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