Film screening: A Plastic Ocean

Wednesday 13 December, Depot Cinema, 8pm, £9

To kick off the Plastic-Free Lewes Project, we’re partnering with Depot Cinema to show this powerful documentary that looks at the challenges and consequences of, and solutions for, plastic pollution

 

Once in the ocean, plastic litter affects the safety of sea transport, fisheries, tourism and recreation. But when broken up into tiny pieces, plastic attracts toxic chemicals released over decades from industry and agriculture, which finds its way into the food chain.

In the centre of the Pacific Ocean gyre, the film's researchers found more plastic than plankton. ‘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. Exposures to these chemicals have been suggested to contribute to some cancers, and infertility, as well as immune, metabolic, cognitive and behavioural disorders.

A Plastic Ocean aims to change the way we deal with plastic waste by challenging society’s perception that this indestructible substance can be treated as ‘disposable’.

A question and answer session follows the film, with a panel including Depot director Carmen Slijpen and underwater photographer Lucy Agace. Plus you’ll get an opportunity to submit your ideas for reducing plastic use in Lewes.

Book tickets at www.lewesdepot.org

Watch the trailer: https://lewesdepot.org/film/a-plastic-ocean