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Film: "Plastic Paradise"

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: 
Freeman Auditorium

Join Penn State Eco Action on Wednesday, April 22nd  in the HUB Freeman Auditorium for our “Plastic Paradise Screening and Discussion Panel” Earth Day Celebration. The oldest environmental club on campus, we are partnering with the Center for Performing Arts to bring to you an informative, fun, and entertaining series of events.

The celebration will start off at 6PM with a demonstration by the Nile Project, hosted by Center for Performing Arts. The Nile Project was founded in 2011 to address the Nile Basin’s cultural and environmental challenges at the core of the conflict. The project’s goal is to inspire, educate, and empower university students to cultivate the sustainability of their ecosystems.  In their musical collaboration program, they bring together artists from the 11 Nile countries to make music that combines the region’s diverse instruments, languages, and traditions.

Then, starting at 7PM, Eco Action will be hosting a screening of the 57 minute documentary, Plastic Paradise. In this eye opening documentary about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, journalist and filmmaker, Angela Sun sends an SOS out to the world. She travels on a personal journey to uncover the truth behind the effects of our plastic consumption practices, and learns along the way that the problem is even more precarious than we ever could have imagined.

Join us to learn more about our world of plastic and what it means for you and your future at our discussion panel at 8PM. We will be discussing current pressing issues mentioned in the documentary, Plastic Paradise including water issues, health concerns, plastic pollution, and environmental conservation and recycling. Our informative Plastic Panel will feature Rachel Brennan, Heather Davis, and Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor. What do you think of the “plastic problem?” You will have a chance to ask them yourselves if you join us at our discussion.

The night will culminate with a brief reception in the auditorium lounge at 9PM. There will also be information tables with representatives from other sustainability-related clubs who would love to share their ideas with you. 

About Plastics Paradise
Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined. More...

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