Film A Plastic Ocean reveals the newest science in a crisis with global stakes
Free screening November 8 at New Bedford Whaling Museum
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The New Bedford Whaling Museum will present a free screening of the documentary film A Plastic Ocean on November 8 beginning at 6 pm. Every year, 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans. A Plastic Ocean, written and directed by Craig Leeson and produced by Jo Ruxton, documents an expedition to the center of the South Pacific Ocean Gyre, a rotating ocean current, where researchers found more plastic than plankton. In A Plastic Ocean journalist Leeson and world-champion freediver Tanya Streeter highlight the newest science in a crisis with global stakes, revealing 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 are eventually consumed by humans. This free event is part of AHA! New Bedford, but space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made online at whalingmuseum.org or by calling 508-997-0046. The Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in New Bedford, Mass.
Producer Ruxton joined an expedition to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre, 1500 miles off the coast of San Francisco, to ascertain its impact. When the expedition discovered free-floating microplastics instead of an anticipated solid mass that could be contained, Ruxton knew she had to begin the film that would become A Plastic Ocean, which features an investigation of the South Pacific Gyre. A multi-disciplinary team including Dr. Lindsay Porter, an expert in cetaceans, and Dr. Bonnie Monteleone who had already found microplastic in other gyres she had investigated, set out on 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.
A Plastic Ocean has been screened in over 70 countries and on 6 continents. There have been over 1,200 screenings hosted by government agencies, non-profits, schools, universities, individuals, multilateral institutions, corporations, aquariums and many more and the film has won 14 film festival awards.
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About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.