Film: A Plastic Ocean, Wednesday 28 March 2018, 7.30pm

BRLSI Geography & Adventure and World Affairs

Wednesday 28 March 2018, 7.30pm

Tickets on the door: BRLSI & RGS Members / Students £2; Visitors £4

‘A Plastic Ocean’ [Craig Leeson, 2016]

What lurks beneath the ocean’s surface? Plastic – and a lot of it.

BRLSI presents a film screening – “A Plastic Ocean” – introduced by Michael Pitts, Director of Photography.

‘A Plastic Ocean’ is an award-winning documentary film which uncovers the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the ocean’s surface. More than eight million tons of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans each year with catastrophic consequences. Sir David Attenborough has described it as “the most important film of our time.” The screening is followed by a Q&A session.

This film is the result of 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. It 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.

Michael Pitts

Michael was the Director of Photography on ‘A Plastic Ocean’, a documentary which shows the proliferation of plastic and the damage it causes to the environment and wildlife across the world’s oceans. He is a cinematographer and film producer with thirty years’ experience of making wildlife and science documentaries across the world. His work has appeared in numerous BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic television productions. He was principal cameraman for the underwater filming for two recent BBC One series: Sir David’s Attenborough’s ‘Great Barrier Reef’ and ‘Mission Galapagos’ and has been awarded Emmy’s for cinematography on two landmark BBC productions: Sir David Attenborough’s ‘The Private Life of Plants’ and the first ‘Blue Planet’ series.

Some Statistics

  • Every item of plastic that has ever been created is still with us on the planet today.
  • Every day we use 20 million plastic water bottles.
  • A single-use plastic bottle takes 450 years to break down in the ocean.
  • In the European Union we use 36.4 billion plastic drinking straws every year, most of which are only used for a few minutes.
  • In the Pacific Ocean, gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton.
  • Plastic Oceans Foundation US is a non-profit organization.

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