‘A Plastic Ocean’ Documentary Slated for Free Showing on June 6

May 30, 2018

Plastics reduction is a hot topic at the moment, and an issue which has led to many communities throughout the U.S. – including Long Beach Township, Harvey Cedars and Stafford Township – developing legislation in an attempt to cut down on the amount of plastic eventually making its way into the ecosystem.

On Wednesday, June 6, the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” will be presented at the Ocean Acres Community Center in Manahawkin. The film begins at 6 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Surfrider Foundation representatives. The presentation is open to the public and free to attend.

The documentary, produced by Jo Ruxton, explores the impact of plastics within the world’s oceanic gyres, how the breakdown of plastics affects not only marine life but humans on a global scale, and scientific data regarding plastics and their environmental effects that are difficult to ignore. Joining Ruxton for the documentary were journalist Craig Leeson, cetacean expert Lindsay Porter, free diving champion Tanya Streeter and marine researcher Bonnie Monteleone.

“Together they set off on what would be a four-year global odyssey to explore the issue of plastics in our oceans and its effect on marine ecosystems and human health, including endocrine disruption,” states the film’s description on the Plastic Oceans Foundation website. “The organization aims to limit the demand for non-essential plastic, using the Ocean as a litmus test to monitor the impact of this man-made pollution crisis on human health.

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.”  —D.B.

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