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Newtown Forward’s Climate Change Subcommittee has scheduled a free showing of the documentary A Plastic Ocean on Sunday, October 29, at 2 pm, at Western Connecticut State University’s science building, on Dr James Roach Avenue in the midtown campus.
The screening is slated to run from 2 to 5 pm, with a question and answer session directed by Dr Mitch Wagener, a university professor, environmental scientist, and biologist.
A Plastic Ocean was produced by the Plastic Oceans Foundation, a global network of independent organizations united in their efforts to change the world’s attitude towards plastic within a generation, according to a release for the event.
Over 300 million tons of plastic — with roughly half of it made up of single use plastic items — are produced each year, and around 8 million tons end up in the ocean, where fish ingest it. Plastic Oceans is working to change the way humans deal with plastic waste by challenging society’s perception that this indestructible substance can be treated as “disposable.”
“We owe it to our children and to our planet to become more informed on this subject and to make a change in the way we deal with plastic in our society,” said Lynn Hungaski, co-chair of the subcommittee. “Come and be inspired to make a change in your life that will benefit the planet we live on. It’s the only one we have,” she said.
Newtown Forward is a local advocacy group with subcommittees focusing on different efforts.