Thursday, Nov 15, 6-8 PM

Plastic Paradise | Think and Drink Series

The Blue House
Getting there
1700 South Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA

Join YLC Recycles and the Blue House for fourth and final screening of 2018 in their #ThinkAndDrink environmental film series. Attendees receive complimentary popcorn and one beer, but should BYOB for more. Plastic Paradise is an award winning documentary by Angela Sun about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a swirling eddy called a gyre in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that collects huge amounts of plastic waste and deposits much of it on the Midway Islands! The film explains how this consumerist catastrophe is destroying the oceans and how we can fix it. "Initially mass-produced in the 1940s as the disposable answer to convenience-minded consumers, plastic is the ecological disaster few saw coming. By 2050, plastic production will quadruple to 2 trillion pounds per year. The U.S. alone produces 15 billion pounds of plastics a year, and 85 million plastic bottles are used every minute. Most of this plastic is not recyclable, and much of it ends up in the ocean, where currents bring it to an area twice the size of Texas known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Midway Atoll, four hours by plane from Honolulu, is ground zero for this aquatic dumping ground, its beaches littered with debris. Discarded fishing nets strangle wildlife and destroy coral reefs, and tiny microplastic bits swallowed by birds and fish move up the food chain, all the way to our tables. Journalist and filmmaker Angela Sun investigated several aspects of this complex environmental issue, its ramifications, who is responsible, and what can be done to fix the problem in her documentary Plastic Paradise, a labor of love that was seven years in the making."