plastic paradise transcript


There's nothing wrong with promoting recycling except when recycling sucks all the oxygen out of the room and we never do anything else. I had no staff. The plastic industry that you were working with agreed to these and signed on to this report. What about all of these? The effect on the planet, the actual effect. It just keeps getting better, doesnt it? LAURA LEEBRICK, Manager, Government Affairs, Rogue Disposal: What youre seeing happening right now isthats a full-sizethat's probably a 53-foot trailer. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler was talking up the future of recycling. In five years, he invented a new material called celluloid, which would become known as the first plastic. See it and share it with others!' And Id be like, "I can tell you, I cant give this away. If the oil industry is able to get 100% of the material recycled. The Boston Globe, Best of Fest Award, Docuwest Film FestivalGrand Jury Award, Wild and Scenic Film FestivalBest Medium Length Documentary, FICMA, Barcelona International Environmental Film FestivalBest Educational Film, Blue Ocean Film FestivalBest Documentary, Philadelphia Asian Film FestivalGold Award Winner, California Film AwardsBroadcast Award, American Conservation Film FestivalBest Environmental Film, San Francisco Ocean Film FestivalIsla Conservation Award, Catalina Film FestivalHawaii International Film FestivalSonoma Film Festival International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, MTSan Francisco Green Film FestivalBig Bear International Film FestivalSan Diego Asian International Film FestivalHonolulu World Oceans Day Festival Waimea Ocean Film FestivalLos Angeles Asian American Film Festival Boston Film Festival Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival Sonoma International Film Festival Irvine International Film Festival Richmond Environmental Film Festival Marda Loop Justice Film Festivals I Imagine Film Festival Festival TransAmeriques Montreal Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival Miami and the Beaches Environmental Film Festival Reel Change Sustainability Film Festival, Sun, Angela (screenwriter) For the last 40 years, the conversation in this country has been about the recycle part of "reduce, reuse, recycle.". And on the day I stopped by, local lawmakers had been invited in to hear about the benefits of a new sorting machine that industry says will make recycling plastic more economical. Its going to be the largest plant of its kind in the world. ", "Eye-opening insightPlastic Paradise provides an informative, timely and, relevant look at the consequences of plastic consumption", "A film that moves the grassroots and has the audience thinking twice, before grabbing a straw to go with a beverage.". Plastic Paradise is an excellent, accessible, and troubling documentary that reveals these issues. Dr. Kirk J. Havens, Director, Coastal Watersheds Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary'I believe that this film portrays the state of the plastic marine debris issue accurately. Dr. Patricia Corcoran, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario'Angela Sun spoke with all the right people and even went to places she wasn't supposed to go in order to present the full story on plastic pollution. We reached out to more than a dozen major plastic makers; the only one that would sit down with us was Chevron Phillips. From 1990 to 2010, production more than doubled. Youve seen California, the legislation, some bans across the country and a lot of targets on single-use plastic. Angela SunProduced by Angela Sun, Gil Elbaz, Elyssa Elbaz, Tanya Leal SotoEditor: Wendy ShueyCinematography: Joseph Ochoa, Francisco Aliwalas, Mark BellaGraphics: Jonathan Jelkin. Her video of the encounter quickly went viral. There's going to be more plastic than ever. National Geographic Magazine infographic by Jason Treat and Ryan T. Williams Powered by Background Info Vocabulary Idea for Use in the Classroom Coming up with ways to have their product perceived as more recyclable and more environmental makes their product look better. We said go to a square. ", "We must immediately undertake a major program of unprecedented proportions to reverse this fast-moving tidal wave of growing negative public perception.. DENI SURJANTORO, Spokesman, Indonesian Customs: [Speaking Indonesian] We have some priority issues and one of them is plastic waste. Today its main lobbying group is the American Chemistry Council, and until recently its vice president of plastics was Steve Russell. How did it get there?The trash survey was conducted on a beach. 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. Industry would only switch to a triangle, which recyclers said was too similar to the chasing arrows. And that's the way recycling has been sold as well, OK? ", America has a garbage problem too long ignored. We could ship scrap and hope that it is being recycled in the way it should be, or the other way is come here, see how serious he is about doing it the right way. Allaway is a leading authority on the environmental impacts of materials, like plastic. Plastic Paradise | Bullfrog Films: 1-800-543-3764: Environmental DVDs and Educational DVDs is a leading source of educational DVDs & videos, with a collection of over 700 titles in these main subject areas: Environment Globalization Sustainability Climate Change Social Justice Developing World Indigenous Peoples Earth Science Life Science I was the front man for the plastics industry, no getting around it. Highly recommended.' A dead seal or sea lion? Presenting the possibilities of plastics. Her film articulates this message in a way that will resonate with anyone that cares about nature and the environment. The plastic industry had brought a demonstration project here in 1994. I think its a transitional moment. And the remaining plastic waste will then be disposed of. This is our moment, California. Have we made any progress? If youre in politics, youre in deep trouble with a 35% rating. Students will learn the unexpected economic and ecological facets of plastic pollution and ways for each of us to minimize our plastic footprint. Itll be great. This is my basic question, because it seems like everybody is buying lettuce in a box now. We took a trek up to Wilmington and this one DuPont executive, he said, "I think if we had $5 million"which seemed like a lot of money then"if we had $5 million, we could solve this problem.". Many U.S. cities are taking steps to ban plastic grocery bags. We said, "Next time try recycling." Most mixed plastics end up in a place like this. harden plastic. Youre saying youve got plenty as it is? Highly recommended.' But by 1970, the plastic industry would have to confront the turbulent times of Americas environmental awakening. and fast. In this video I take you on a Swap Meet tour where we will se. Yeah, yeah. I believe with the proper infrastructure and the proper education and we all work together as a collective, we can. We need to increase the interest in and demand for recycled materials and more products made from recycled materials. Ask students to predict what might happen if turtles or seabirds become less common in a coral reef ecosystem. There is no program in Oregon that wants this in the curbside mix. Posted By : / actual instructions in flowcharting are represented in /; Under :nose exercise before and afternose exercise before and after The most famous one, with the crying Indian. All of a sudden, our own customers, they would bring it in and not only say it has the triangle, but it wouldthey would flat-out say, "It says its recyclable right on it." The good news is they're coming. The recycling system that we have at the moment, its not really recycling because some part of it exportedbeing exported all over the world to be "recycled," but you never know whether its really being recycled overseas or not. How much responsibility do you feel like you have over what's happening here? Because what it allows industry to do, is it allows industry to keep the conversation focused on recycling and never move the conversation on to the bigger issues, which are the full environmental impacts of all this stuff. Plastic Paradise makes the issue of plastic pollution real and relevant. Flexible packaging has become part of our daily lives. Ask students to predict what kinds of floating trash might be most harmful to ocean life and why. But the alternative is having plastic waste in the environment. Some people have a deep, abiding respect for the natural beauty that was once this country. And theres nothing wrong in an industry promoting those kinds of things, but thats not addressing the problem that people are criticizing you about. We call it Plasticstown USA. ; "Plastic Paradise"; Bullfrog Films. If no button appears, you cannot download or save the media. This is one of the easiest visualizations of how humans (not all, but many) have lost connection with the environment--a sad state of affairs--but the truth.' twice the size of texas or as big as the US. Step into the world of man-made materials that take up where nature left off. On the bottom, it says "100% recyclable." and came up with a report identifying key problems with the numbering code. The film is excellent--in its timeliness, its depth, and its presentation. Oh, poor baby, Im sorry. Earth Day was one of the largest mass protests in U.S. history. were contaminated with trash and plastic that cant be recycled. Plastic films, plastic bags, the plastic wrapping that comes around a lot of packaged goods, that all goes into the garbage. Conversely, plastics can also absorb pollutants, such as PCBs, from the seawater. Dr. Sherri A. Mason, Professor of Chemistry, Environmental Sciences Program Coordinator, SUNY at Fredonia'We are all familiar with trash, but most of us likely are unaware of indestructible plastic trash that pollutes the oceans, contaminates our seafood, kills birds, fish, and marine mammals as well as carrying toxic substances into the environment and our bodies. Because the average person saw the symbol, they know the symbol and said, "Well, its recyclable, right?". They are everywhere around this area. Hi, Im Laura Sullivan, NPR and PBS FRONTLINE. A year? In small groups, explore the impact of ocean plastics on coral reef species by having students research the impact of ghost nets on sea turtles, the ingestion of plastic by Pacific seabirds, and the ingestion of plastic particles by coral polyps. Would any of the trash be harmless?Use this encyclopedia article on food webs and the article on coral reef food webs to introduce students to a typical coral reef food web. Looks like a lot of shipping containers. JENNIFER BOADA-RODRIGUEZ, Senior technical associate, Colgate-Palmolive: So were here today to showcase our first-of-its-kind recyclable tube. See it and share it with others!' Do you think that because its not quite recyclable yet that that might be a little misleading? Once a completely natural product, much of today's plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. The photography is a strong asset, and images from Midway Island are especially striking. So much of all this stuff in the grocery store is plastic now. I guess I think of it more as an investment in managing plastic waste. With the help of an Indonesian journalist, we tried to speak to someone at New Harvestindo, but we were told there was no one available. Her film articulates this message in a way that will resonate with anyone that cares about nature and the environment. Text on this page is printable and can be used according to our Terms of Service. We took a seat by the side of the road and she showed me pictures she'd collected of plastic that locals said had been dumped here. One internal document from the Society of the Plastics Industry cautioned "the techniques of cleaning and separating the mixed plastics has not been developed for large scale economic application. But the proof here is the dramatic amount of investment that's happening right now. Less than 10% of plastic has actually ever been recycled. Here's this flexible bag, and it's a plastic-metal laminate. Dr. Mike SanClements, Staff Scientist, The National Ecological Observatory Network, Affiliate Faculty, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado-Boulder'Sun's documentary sends a clear and coherent message about one of the major environmental problems we face today. TV-PG. Were a not-for-profit. //

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