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“The Smog of the Sea” Film & Discussion
with Hilda Roberts
It’s now more important than ever that we lend our voices to stand up for nature. Join us on Friday, April 20 as we kick off Earth Day Weekend with this 30 minute film that chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen, renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and body surfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans. After years of hearing about the famous “garbage patches” in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight. But as the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain. You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog? Using nostalgic super-8 footage, sparkling underwater cinematography, an original score by Jack Johnson and shipmate Simon Beins, and live action footage of the crew’s research, The Smog of the Sea provides a new perspective on the once pristine oceans, and makes an artful call to action for rethinking the scourge of the sea — single use plastic. After the film, stay for a 30 minute discussion, and free resource materials. This free event is brought to you in part by PVAEC Adult Education.