Microplastic Madness (Ages 8+)

Saturday, February 29 – 5:30pm

(Atsuko Quirk & Debby Lee Cohen, USA, live-action documentary, 76 min, English)

Ages 8+

Fifth-graders from PS 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn —  a community on the frontline of Climate Change that was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy — spent two years investigating plastic pollution. Taking on the roles of citizen scientists, community leaders, and advocates, these 10- and 11- year-olds collect local data, lead community outreach, and use their impressive data to inform policy, testifying and rallying at City Hall. With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary and interviews of experts and renowned scientists, this youth-driven narrative conveys an urgent, take-action message to spark youth-led plastic-free action in schools everywhere.

Find out more about the film and the issues here.

** Washington State premiere! **

** Co-presented with Grist and Sustainable Seattle! This screening will include guest speaker Lyda Harris!**

Lyda Harris is a PhD Candidate at University of Washington studying microplastic pollution in the Salish Sea. She uses a multifaceted approach to understand how microplastics affect marine organisms, how urban centers contribute to pollution rates, and how we can use science to inform policy. She has been studying marine microplastic pollution for ten years along the Pacific Coast, from San Diego to Neah Bay Washington and is thrilled to introduce the film.


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