A Plastic Ocean documentary presentation session + Round table
The goal of the session was:
- Introduce the problem of the marine litter through the documentary A Plastic Ocean.
- Create a discussion among speakers of the round table; this involved representatives from the plastics industry, associations interested in the regulation of this material and associations working to end its presence in the environment, and the Forum audience.
- The session was open to the general public
- Juan Antonio Romero - AQUARIUM OF SEVILLE
Jo Ruxton, Plastic Oceans (UK) - Conference & Documentary presentation.
The round table was made up of:
- Jo Ruxton (PLASTIC OCEANS UK)
- Pilar Zorzo Gallego (SPANISH MARINE LITTER ASSOCIATION)
- Vanessa Salvo (SURFRIDER)
- Tony Kingsbury (DOW - ALLIANCE TO END PLASTIC WASTE)
- Ignacio Marco (PLASTICSEUROPE)
- Cristina Fossi (UNIVERSITY OF SIENA)
- François Galgani (IFREMER)
- Isabel Goyena (CICLOPLAST)
Jo Ruxton presented the documentary A Plastic Ocean. During the conference she showed the increase in the production of plastics from their creation in 1950 to the present. They spent four years exploring the issue of plastics in our oceans and their effect on marine ecosystems and human health, including endocrine disruption. She emphasized that, although this material brings us many advantages, its regulation is essential, especially in countries where they have no facilities for its management. In the presentation, she showed some images and videos from the shooting of the documentary. During the shooting they were looking for a big mass of plastic which forms the plastic island; instead of that, they found small pieces of plastic under the surface in the North Pacific Gyre.
At the end of the session a round of questions took place in which the public received feedback from the round table speakers.
Participants in the round table. From left to right: Ignacio Marco (PlasticsEurope), Jo Ruxton (Plastic Ocean UK), Isabel Goyena (Cicloplast), Juan Antonio Romero (Aquarium of Seville), Pilar Zorzo (AEBAM), François Galgani (IFREMER), Cristina Fossi (University of Siena), Vanessa Sarah Salvo (SurfRider Spain), Tony Kingsbury (Dow – Alliance to end Plastic Waste)