NSW Greens MP Justin Field and Greens Federal Senator Peter Whish-Wilson will host a special Plastic Free July screening of the Albatross documentary at the Randwick Ritz Cinema on 4 July.
Albatross is a powerful exploration of the impact of our plastic pollution on seabirds. It shows the tragedy of young Albatross on Midway Island in the Pacific, fighting for survival after being accidentally fed plastic by their unknowing parents. The film shows the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption and the impact that has on the survival of our wildlife and planet.
Following this special Plastic Free July screening, Field and Whish-Wilson will be joined by local environment groups for a Q&A for a discussion on what is happening in Australia and throughout the world as part of the movement away from single-use plastics and overconsumption.
Mr Field said, "I've recently returned from Lord Howe Island where baby flesh-footed shearwater birds are being mistakenly fed our plastic waste by their parents, leading to developmental problems and the death of many juveniles," Mr Field said.
"The plastic pollution is urgent and its impacts are deadly for our ocean and marine life. I urge people to come along, watch this important film and join the discussion how we can reduce the large amount of human-generated plastic in our oceans, rivers and environment," he said.
Mr Whish-Wilson said, "Despite great commitment and action from communities, the NSW government lags behind other Australian states and territories in its ambition for initiatives to reduce plastic pollution.
"NSW is the only Australian state or territory without a commitment to ban single-use plastic. It also risks being left further behind as countries such as Britain, the Netherlands and Canada up the purpose and targets of their plastic policies and programs.
"Now is the time for action to reduce plastic pollution and its impact on our ocean, seabirds and marine life," he said.
Free Screening of Albatross documentary
When: 7pm. Wednesday, 4 July
Where: Randwick Ritz Cinema, 45 St. Pauls Street, Randwick
Cost: Free screening, but RSVP essential at
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/176777296284251
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