Rhianna Jarvis
30 May 2018

A Plastic Ocean: screening and debate

Plastic in the ocean is the most-talked-about environmental issue of 2018 with scientists estimating by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish, by weight, in the ocean. 

Progress appears to be being made, with the 5p charge on plastic bags and a proposed ban on plastic straws. But do these neat, plausible and easy solutions match up to the scale of the problem? Are alternatives to plastic likely to cause their own environmental problems in the future? 

In support of World Environment Day the Institution of Environmental Sciences will be attempting to untangle the issue of ocean plastic and #BeatPlasticPollution.

On three consecutive nights we will be hosting a series of film screenings showing the documentary, A Plastic Ocean followed by a panel debate to discuss potential solutions and the science behind the headlines, engaging people in a conversation to rethink plastic.

  • 5th June – Bristol, We The Curious Planetarium 19:00-21:30
  • 6th June – London, The Ritzy Picturehouse 18:30-21:00
  • 7th June – Edinburgh, The Cameo Picturehouse 18:30-21:00

Our panellists include

  • Natalie Fee, Founder of City to Sea
  • Susan Jay, Circular Economy Technical Specialist at WRAP Cymru
  • Doug Allan, Wildlife Photographer, part of the camera crew for A Plastic Ocean documentary
  • Professor Edward Kosior, Managing Director at Nextek Ltd
  • Peter Kershaw, Marine Scientist and Chair of GESAMP (Joint Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection)
  • Professor Colin Moffat, Chief Scientific Advisor Marine at Marine Scotland

Book to attend and join the debate on how we can turn off the plastic tap, and challenge society’s perception that plastic can no longer be treated as a truly ‘disposable’ commodity.

Non-IES members receive a free year's affiliate membership with every booking. 

Analysis from the archive