The Story of Plastic
Film Screening & Virtual Panel Discussion
Wednesday, June 24
7 – 8:30 p.m
The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the crisis of plastic pollution and its effects on all life on the planet. It documents the ongoing catastrophe and disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic pollution in communities around the world, as well as the inspirational global grassroots movement that is rising up in response.
This event takes place during the pandemic and as the fight against racism and for racial justice continues in our nation and around the world. The plastic pollution crisis is part of this unjust and violent system, with extraction, production and disposal hitting communities of color disproportionately. You can view the trailer HERE.
This film shows that individual actions are important and not enough. It’s time to shut off the plastic spigot and shift the responsibility for costly plastic waste back to the producer. You are invited to view the film at your convenience and then participate in our conversation on Wednesday, June 24, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. By RSVPing HERE, you will be sent screening and video-conferencing links about one week before June 24.
make our environment fantastic
Global Ministries Earthkeeper Project (Oct 2019 – April 2020)
by Liz Feighner and Mary Jo Fisher
Our Project Presentation – Oct 6, 2019
(starts at 24:00 min – double click to advance timeline)
Because of the interconnected climate crisis and plastic pollution crisis, we are organizing a six-month campaign to reduce single-use plastics that will culminate with #PlasticFreeLent – Plastic-Free Lent Calendar 2020 (clickable links).
Plastic and its toxic additives pose serious risks to human health at every stage of the plastic lifecycle. Harmful climate-warming emissions and toxic chemicals are constantly released during plastic’s entire lifecycle, from the extraction of fracked gas, to its production at petrochemical hubs, to the disposal of plastic waste and resulting pollution of our rivers and oceans. These emissions damage our health and environment — and threaten our future.
Today, the world is drowning in plastic waste. Plastic bits are in the rain, our soil, our rivers and oceans, our food chain and in us. It is estimated that by 2050 the ocean will have more plastic by weight than fish.
During our campaign, we will have guest speakers, hold workshops, provide tips, offer alternatives and encouragement in an effort to help reduce our plastic use. We will hold mini-challenges encouraging people to demand corporate responsibility and government policy to provide alternatives to plastic.
We hope you will participate in our #breakfreefromplastic campaign – a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution.
Many thanks to those who participated in our kick-off challenge for the #breakfreefromplastic campaign by collecting and bringing in a week’s worth of plastic waste. In all, 14 families (28 people) brought in 24.5 lbs. of plastic, filling 3.5 60-gallon trash bags.
Mini Challenge – Avoid plastic or extra packaging on Amazon orders.
More here on actions you can take to have minimal Amazon packaging.
Share these resources and your plastic-free journey with family, friends and us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on social media #PlasticFreeEUMC. We will continue to post information to help you stay vigilant as the plastic crisis is expected to worsen and exacerbate the climate crisis.
73% of all beach litter is plastic.The litter includes filters from cigarette butts, bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, and polystyrene containers, according to National Geographic.
Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals every year. Additionally, more than 90% of all birds and fish are believed to have plastic particles in their stomach.
A billion toothbrushes will be thrown away in the U.S. this year, most of them plastic. If you laid out the toothbrushes thrown away in the U.S. in a year, they would wrap around the Earth four times!
Please email us with questions, suggestions or requests for information to help make this campaign a success.