Story of Plastic - Webinar on Plastic and Gas
Posted by Claudia Tormey on May 01, 2020 at 11:53 AM
The Story of Plastic is the story BIG PLASTIC does not want you to see.
Join us for a webinar on May 14th to reflect on the newly released film 'The Story of Plastic' - which takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution, from extraction of fossil fuels to plastic waste replacing fish in our Oceans, and to explore Ireland's role in tackling these issues.
The film premiered on Earth Day April 22nd and we're very excited to team up with VOICE Ireland to bring it to our supporters and friends with a 48 hour online film streaming on May 12th and 13th.
This webinar will be moderated by actress and campaigner Aoibhéann McCann and will be joined by:
- Meaghan Carmody - Head of Movement-Building, Friends of the Earth
- Andy Gheorghiu - Fracking Policy Advisor, Food and Water Europe
- Dr Niall O Leary - School of Microbiology, University College Cork
- Sorcha Kavanagh - Coordinator of Conscious Cup Campaign
- Dr Anna Watson - Head of Advocacy at CHEM Trust
Spanning three continents, The Story of Plastic documentary film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of plastic waste, veritable mountains of rubbish clogging rivers and seas, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing. The disastrous consequences resulting from the flood of plastic that is smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world, and the global movement that is rising up in response is revealed.
Here in Ireland, where each of us generates 61 kg of plastic packaging waste per person, we are the largest producer of plastic packaging waste in Europe. To address this, the Sick of Plastic campaign has been gaining strength since launching in 2018, supporting citizens who are demanding action on single-use plastic from supermarkets and government.
Ireland also has a particular role to play in this global story as we continue the fight against fossil fuel infrastructure.Ireland made history in 2017 with a ban on fracking on-shore for gas, but our neighbours up north are still battling against fracking and we still have drilling for fossil fuels off-shore in the Atlantic Ocean. More recent events that ties into the Story of Plastic narrative is the debate around Shannon LNG – a Liquefied Natural Gas terminal which plans to bring fracked gas into Ireland from the USA.
It’s time to break free from plastic, and fossil fuels!