A Plastic Ocean film posterDerby City Council is hosting a screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ at QUAD on Wednesday 21 February. The free event will start at 6.45pm and promises to educate and inspire.

Created by the non-profit organisation Plastic Oceans, the documentary has been watched by audiences around the world. The Recycling team wants to give residents of Derby a chance to not only see the situation in the oceans, but also to hear how we can work together to overcome it.

There will also be workshops for children in the afternoon, with showings of the school-friendly, 22-minute version of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ and craft activities reusing old materials.
The workshops will be run from 1.00pm until 4.30pm in the Digital Studio in QUAD. The film screenings will begin at 1.30pm and 3.30pm, and there will be a talk at 2.30pm from Nottingham-based activists, Kids Against Plastic. Visitors are welcome to attend as much of the afternoon activities as they like.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, will be attending the events throughout the day. He said:

Derby may not be a coastal city, but our behaviour still has a big impact. If a plastic bag is littered and blown into the Derwent, that river flows into the Trent, the Humber, and eventually the North Sea. It’s easy for used plastic packaging in Derby to become part of the global problem.

This is about reducing what we use, producing less waste, and looking after the planet while there is time to reverse the damage.

All attendees at the evening screening will receive a free reusable, environmentally-friendly coffee cup. Taking these to coffee shops to get a hot drink is a small change which can have a big impact.

The evening event will open with a talk by Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby:

From the Latte Levy to Blue Planet 2, we’re more aware of the problem of plastic than ever before. I would love to see Derby residents at QUAD to start talking about the solutions, whether that’s starting with stainless steel straws and bottles or cutting out plastic altogether.

Tickets for the evening screening are free and available to book on the QUAD website.