Friday, May 11, 2018 (Evening)
TIME: Bar opens at 6:00pm. Films start at 6:45pm. Discussion & Q&A 8:15pm
EVENT TYPE: Film Screening
Discussant: Meg Switzgable, Director, In Our Water, and Jackie Nunez, Plastic Pollution Coalition Project Manager and Founder The Last Plastic Straw
Sadly timeless, yet released over 30 years ago, IN OUR WATER documents an early wake-up call, as it follows a New Jersey family for 5 years as they discover their water is being contaminated. We witness them enduring bureaucratic neglect and court inaction as the poisons spread. Through them we experience the nation waking to a chemical waste catastrophe. The growing toxic problem and its impact on our water is slowly becoming recognized around the globe, while here in the US the regulations protecting our water are being slashed.
STRAWS, a film by Linda Booker, with colorful straw history animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution. It’s estimated every day 500,000,000+ plastic straws are used once and tossed in the US alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the #5 most found litter item on beaches.They’re non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets, and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.
PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. $15 Young Dems/students. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.