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Don’t miss Plastic Free July screening of Blue

As part of Plastic-Free July, Council and Unitywater will host a free screening of the movie Blue on July 19 to highlight the immense toll disposable plastic has taken on our oceans.

Blue tells how half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years and how, without drastic changes, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.

 “The film, which features Tim Silverwood from TV’s War on Waste, explores the state of our oceans and looks at what we need to do to fix them,” says Council’s Waste Education Officer Emma Menzies.

“Featuring passionate advocates for ocean preservation, the film tackles themes of habitat destruction, species loss and pollution. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in the current state of the world’s oceans.”

Research shows that approximately half of the plastic used annually around the world is used for single-use products such as water bottles, packaging, takeaway containers and over half-a-million straws that are used every day.

“Blue reveals why the tide needs to turn,” Ms Menzies said.

Unitywater Community Relations Specialist Kate Cash said Plastic-Free July aligned with Unitywater’s Back To Tap campaign.

“We understand the devastating impacts plastic can have on our waterways and marine life and even the smallest change in our behaviours today can help to make a difference for tomorrow,” she said.

“Our Back To Tap campaign promotes sustainable consumption of water, specifically by swapping single use water bottles for tap water, and we’re proud to be part of this great event to help educate the community about plastic waste prevention.”

Bookings are essential. Blue will screen at 6.30pm on July 19 at The Majestic Theatre, Pomona (doors open at 6pm). To book, visit

For more information on the film, visit

Council is also partnering with Unitywater, Sea Life Mooloolaba and Sunshine Coast Council to encourage youngsters to take an interest in the impact that plastic is having on our oceans.

“We’re calling for nominations from 12 to 17-year-olds who’d like to become ocean champions,” Ms Menzies said.

“The students will spend an afternoon with ‘Take3 for the sea’ founder Tim Silverwood on Saturday 7 July 2.30-7pm at Sea Life Mooloolaba. Here they will take part in a beach clean-up, discuss options for going plastic-free, watch Blue and enjoy a dinner. For more information, and to book, visit Eventbrite.

3 July 2018

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