Every item of plastic that has ever been created is still on the planet today. Humans produce 300 million tons of plastic per year – 8 million tons of which are dumped into Earth's oceans.

The documentary film "A Plastic Ocean" will be presented 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell, as part of the City's Environmental Services department's "Enviro Flick" movie series. The film was selected by staff as a vehicle for community discussion and education centered around plastic use, pollution and recycling. This screening is free to the public but seating is limited.

A Plastic Ocean follows Journalist Craig Leeson, diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers as they travel to twenty locations around the world over four years to explore the fragile state of the Earth's oceans. The film documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain.

"We, too, contribute to plastic in our oceans," says Education Outreach Coordinator Laurie Davis. "Because plastic is often lightweight, and we have become increasingly reliant on it for many different types of products, it is easy for plastic items to make their way into our local rivers, lakes and streams and eventually flow into the ocean. A short walk along any of our local rivers will reveal plastic waste that has traveled to our waterways."

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The movie screening will be followed by a community panel discussion featuring representatives from Environmental Services Water Quality division, James River Basin Partnership, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

"We are excited to partner with the Moxie once again for an Enviro Flick screening event," says Davis. "The Moxie is a fantastic organization with a built-in following of movie lovers and issue-conscious citizens who we are excited to engage with surrounding a very timely environmental topic – plastic.

"A Plastic Ocean" is not rated. Film content is appropriate for adult audiences.

To learn more about the film, visit

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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected].

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