A Plastic Ocean is coming to Dorset Friday 5th May

Apologies for the slightly misleading title of this post. Based on today’s beach combing expedition at Kimmeridge what it should actually say is that Ocean Plastic is already here in abundance!

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Plastic debris is not hard to find at low-tide. Some of it instantly recognisable but other pieces are so weathered and worn it’s hard spot them. They blend into the environment and do not look out of place in a rock pool bursting with colour and irregular shapes & sizes. It’s no wonder ocean plastic is finding it’s way into the food-chain of marine life and ultimately humans.

One of the first pieces I found was black rubbery material that was sticking out of the ground. It looked just like seaweed. Then these smooth shards of fibreglass that look like cuttlefish or elongated shells. It’s not until you turn them over and see their construction – you almost can’t believe your eyes!

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Ocean plastic is not a local problem is a global issue. An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean every year and it’s accumulating. The planet does not know what to do with plastic that ends up in the natural environment. It doesn’t rot or break-down it breaks-up into smaller & smaller pieces. It’s plastics durability that also makes it so hazardous as quite simply it never goes away.

Ocean Plastic is killing marine life, littering the seabed, surface & our shores. The consequences for human health are uncertain but but one thing is for sure. We cannot continue with this global disposable lifestyle without choking our oceans – the basis for all life on earth. It’s no longer a case of saying ‘somebody needs to do something about this’. It’s more like ‘we can & will do something about this’ before plastic pollution gets much worse.

50% of all plastic is disposable single-use items like bottles, straws & wrapping. These disposables have an average lifespan of just 12 minutes yet the material they are made of will last on and on. Lets just think about that, we only use it for 12 minutes but it lasts longer than our lifetime. Quite simply these disposable plastics need to be replaced with something much more eco-friendly as quickly as possible and as consumers we have a chance to vote with our feet.

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9 tips for living with less plastic

A Plastic Ocean IS coming to Dorset for one-night only. A new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue. After the film there will be a discussion in the auditorium about the issues raised.

In the foyer we have a selection of sponsor stalls, campaign groups and the plastic-free Sound Kitchen café with cinema snacks and bar. This is the place to meet and mingle with like-minded people from across the region so please allow enough time before and after the film to socialise and network. Tickets available from www.creativedynamo.net/tickets and Wimborne Tourist Information Centre.

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