MOREHEAD CITY — “Straws” and “A Plastic Ocean,” two short documentaries about plastic pollution, will be shown 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, followed by a panel discussion with area experts including Plastic Ocean Project founder and executive director Dr. Bonnie Monteleone of University of North Carolina Wilmington and Crystal Coast Waterkeeper Larry Baldwin.
Presented by the Crystal Coast Waterkeeper, the films will be shown in Carteret Community College’s Joslyn Hall in Morehead City.
Narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, “Straws,” presents the problems caused by plastic pollution. According to the press release, it is estimated that every day more than 500,000,000 plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the number 5 most found litter item on beaches. They are 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.
“A Plastic Ocean” begins when journalist Craig Leeson searching for the blue whale but discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this documentary, Leeson teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, to travel to 20 locations around the world during the course of four years to explore the state of the oceans, plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.
The films are shown in collaboration with Coastal Carolina Riverwatch, CPAC – Citizens Protecting the Atlantic Coast, Sierra Club – Croatan Group, and Carteret County Crossroads.