By Christine Crosby
I just saw Jeremy Iron’s new movie, Trashed and to say it changed my life is an understatement. As I walked through the local farmer’s market this morning I declined plastic bags and even gave my little speech about seeing this movie and how plastic is polluting our world. One woman told me her son lived in Oregon where they have banned plastic. I hope and will work towards our state of Florida doing the same.
As grandparents, we’ve played a role directly or indirectly in the condition we are leaving the world to our grandchildren and it’s critical that we all step up to be part of the solution.
The beauty of our planet from space forms a violent contrast to the scenes of human detritus across the globe. Vast landscapes in China are covered in tons of rubbish. The wide waters of the Ciliwung River in Indonesia are now barely visible under a never-ending tide of plastic. Children swim among leaking bags; mothers wash in the sewage-filled supply. Each year, we now throw away fifty-eight billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste.
We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce? We keep making things that do not break down. We have all heard these horrifying facts before, but with Jeremy Irons as our guide, we discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year.
This amazing movie along with many others, like Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue were brought to St. Petersburg by BLUE – Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit. BLUE is a one-of-a-kind film industry and community event bringing together films, filmmakers and leaders in ocean research and conservancy.
According to Debbie Kinder, founder and board member of Make a Difference Media, a main sponsor of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and co-founder of this event, “We believe this strategic collaboration has great potential to keep raising awareness worldwide about the need for ocean stewardship. The power of film can help carry this very meaningful message around the globe to help win over hearts and minds. We are very grateful to HSH Prince Albert II and the Principality of Monaco for understanding and supporting BLUE’s mission,” She added: “BLUE couldn’t exist without the tremendous support of our thousands of volunteers around the globe, and of course our gracious sponsors.”
BLUE sponsors include: Rolex, Disney Nature, Google, City of St. Petersburg, St Petersburg Clearwater, Bill Edwards Presents, Bright House Networks, Glass is Life, Muvico Theaters, Tampa Bay Times, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, HealthCareIQ, Poynter Institute, Make a Difference Media, Earth Advertising, Paradise, and many others.
For information visit: www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org.