A Rocha Talks: The Story of Plastic

Date(s) - June 30, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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The Story of Plastic takes a deeper look at the crisis of plastic pollution and the global effects it has on the health of our planet.

About this Event

A Rocha Canada invites you to join the inaugural event of our A Rocha Talks series. This panel discussion will focus on The Story of Plastic, a powerful new documentary by The Story of Stuff Project. The film takes a sweeping look at the human-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect on the health of people and our planet. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the well-being of the planet and its residents.

Striking footage shot over three continents illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash; rivers and seas clogged with waste; and skies choked with the poisonous runoff from plastic production and recycling processes with no end in sight.

Here are a few direct quotes from the film that highlight the issues:

  • “Our current plastic waste crisis is NOT about waste management…”
  • “On a personal level, I have stopped using plastic bags and plastic straws and that is a great thing, but you realize that on a systematic level, it doesn’t change anything…”
  • “Of all the plastic that has ever existed, more than half was produced in the last 15 years, and 91% of it has never been recycled.”
  • “People think plastic can be recycled, but actually most plastic is very hard to recycle.”

As a nature conservation organization with a Christian conviction, a panel of team members will explore how to engage this critical and sobering topic as Christ’s followers, with thoughtful action, and with hope.

Our panelists include:

Matthew Humphrey – Director of Theological Education, A Rocha Canada

Zoe Matties – Manitoba Program Manager, A Rocha Canada

Rick Faw (host) – VP of Programming, A Rocha Canada

Registrants will receive complimentary access to the film in order to view it prior to our panel discussion.

This event is free and open to the public.

Watch the trailer

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37PDwW0c1so?enablejsapi=1&wmode=opaque]

Online Viewing and Panel Discussion

Registered attendees will receive a link from A Rocha Canada the morning of Friday, June 26 that will enable them to stream the film prior to the panel discussion. The link will be delivered to you at the email address you use to RSVP here.

  1. Please watch the film at your own leisure anytime with the streaming link. You can watch online on your desktop, laptop, or mobile devices. The film is about 90 minutes in length.
  2. Then join us for the panel discussion and Q&A via Zoom on Tuesday, June 30th at 7 pm PDT. You will receive a separate link for the Zoom event alongside the streaming link.

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