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A PLASTIC OCEAN: The Shocking Truth

NJ Premier of the International Film with Solutions-based Keynote Discussion

Clean Ocean Action and the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute will present the Award Winning Documentary, A PLASTIC OCEAN. This NJ premier screening on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Monmouth University’s Pozycki Hall, uncovers the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the ocean’s surface in an effort to raise public awareness regarding our overuse of plastics and how we can begin to reverse this devastating epidemic. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans each year. A PLASTIC OCEAN follows an international team of adventurers, researches and ocean ambassadors on a mission around the globe. This award-winning documentary shows the disastrous effects of our disposable lifestyle on marine life and the consequences for human health. CAUTION: The tragic images of suffering and dying wildlife are disturbing and may not be appropriate for children.

During its four-year production period, A PLASTIC OCEAN was filmed in 20 locations around the world, documenting the global effects of plastic pollution and introducing workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.

Clean Ocean Action (COA) is a leading national and regional voice working to protect waterways using science, law, research, education, and citizen action. COA is a broad-based coalition of 125 active boating, business, community, conservation, diving, environmental, fishing, religious, service, student, surfing, and women’s groups who came together in 1984 to investigate sources, effects, and solutions of ocean pollution. To address marine debris, COA developed the Beach Sweeps program in 1985. Volunteers have collected over 5.7 million pieces of litter and numerous reduction programs have been implemented.

The Urban Coast Institute was established in 2005 as one of Monmouth University’s “Centers of Distinction.” The UCI’s mission is to serve the University and the public interest as a forum for research, education and collaboration that fosters the application of the best available science and policy to support stewardship of healthy, resilient and productive coastal ecosystems and sustainable communities.

The screening will be followed dynamic solutions speaker, Gary Sondermeyer, Bayshore Recycling Corp, Vice President of Operations, who also worked at the NJDEP for over 30 years. During his tenure at the NJDEP, he worked in the Solid Waste and Recycling Program for 17 years, followed by 10 years as Chief of Staff. His knowledge of waste management systems is extensive and will provide an important and interesting perspective to controlling plastic waste and marine debris. A brief Question & Answer session will follow.

In addition, a number of environmental organizations will be on-hand before and after the program to provide further insight on how citizens, businesses and communities can get involved and be part of the solution.

The event is free but registration is required as seating is limited. Pre-Register for this event at: https://coaplasticocean.eventbrite.com

In the coming months, further opportunities to attend a showing will be available, as COA has plans to show the film in New York City, and Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. Dates and locations will be confirmed shortly so please refer to COA’s website at www.cleanoceanaction.org for further information.

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