Screening in Wilmington raises awareness about ocean plastic pollution

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some UNCW environmental studies students and staff are pushing awareness of the impact plastics have on our oceans.

A film recently was made called ‘A Plastic Ocean’ which featured the work from some UNCW students and staff members.

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Thursday night they invited some environmental activist filmmakers to Wilmington to screen a film at Ironclad Brewery.

It’s all about pushing the limits for those who have made it their mission to bring awareness to ocean plastic pollution like activists Gordon Middleton and Christian Shaw.

“We connected with UNCW’s P.O.P the Wilmington chapter of the Plastic Ocean Project to put on a showing of our film The Canal,” said Middleton. “It’s not until you start thinking about it that you realize how pervasive it is and I am not just talking about what’s on the ground but what’s in your hands.”



‘The Canal’ documents a 240 mile stand up paddle board journey along the Erie Canal to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of plastics more specifically microbeads.

That’s the main concept behind Middleton’s and Shaw’s non-profit Plastic Tides.

“I think as a global community people are starting to tune in a bit more into what’s happening with the planet,” said Shaw.

And it’s the younger generation that is especially tuning in. For UNCW student Arisa Yoon going to school on the coast is even more reason to be aware of the ocean environment.

“We’re right by the ocean and it’s really important students our age really recognize that we directly influence the ocean,” said Yoon.