Are you alarmed by the recent news you have been hearing about plastic pollution in the oceans? Do you want to understand this issue better? Here are some great documentaries on ocean plastic pollution that will guide you through the complexities of this problem.  They will tell you where all this plastic came from? How big a problem it is and what you can do to curb and correct plastic pollution?  I’m going to show you the trailers below but you can find the complete programs on You Tube, etc.


Trashed by Jeremy Irons

The Academy Award winning actor Jeremy Irons takes you with him on a trip to explore what happens to all of our trash, where does it go and what harm it does along the way. Here are some of the comments from scientists, politicians and individuals that Irons meets along the way. “We don’t think about the consequences of the stuff we throw away…it seems to be a case of out of sight out of mind…”Nature functions by building up and breaking down, building up and breaking down, but we keep putting things into the environment that don’t break down.” And go to an interview with Jeremy Irons as he discusses the implications of Trashed.


Bag It by Jeb Berrier

“Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy for plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.”


A Plastic Ocean

This documentary was recently shown in our 11 year old’s school class in rural Quebec. Hundreds of miles away from the ocean it had a lasting effect on the students and galvanized them into action to find out more about where the plastic in their community went. See: Cleaning Up the Ocean: Do Our Actions Make a Difference?

“A Plastic Ocean is an adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past 4 years. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions. WANT TO SEE THIS FILM? GO HERE.”

I hope that by watching these documentaries on ocean plastic pollution you will be both entertained and enlightened. We will always be on the look for great documentaries that help our understanding of ocean issues and we will keep you posted. Don’t forget to see the important Blue Planet II series.

By Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network


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