Watch this powerful and hard-hitting documentary at home for FREE and join us for a discussion at 7 pm on November 24!
THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the world wide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being.
Watch the film at home: November 11– November 24, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 7 – 8:30 pm ET: Online Discussion (no film viewing): Join Dr. Eric Schiller, Water Resources Engineer, Prof. (ret) University of Ottawa, founding member of Ottawa Water Study/Action Group (OWSAG) and others in a community discussion about The Story of Plastic.
Once you have registered, we will send you the internet link to the film and supporting materials. You will receive the zoom link for the discussion on Tuesday, November 24 at the latest.
On Wednesday, October 7, Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson released a list of specific items to be part of the federal government's single-use plastics ban in 2021. The list includes grocery checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, plastic cutlery and food takeout containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics (like black plastic packaging).
OWSAG was shocked that single-use water bottles were not on the list nor was it mentioned in the discussion paper, A proposed integrated management approach to plastic products, on which the federal government is inviting feedback by December 9, 2020.
Eric Schiller, Founding Member of OWSAG, wrote a letter to Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson urging that single-use water bottles be included on the list and asking for an explanation as to why the banning of plastic water bottles has not been included on the list of plastics to be banned in 2021. Dr. Schiller also wrote asking if the Canadian Bottled Water Association or the Canadian Beverage Association lobbied the federal government to keep single-use water bottles off the list of banned plastics. Click 'Read More' at the bottom right to read Dr. Schiller's letters.
Here are 3 ways you can take action:
1. Write an email to Minister Wilkinson and the Director of the Plastics and Marine Litter Division of ECCC by using this template letter here.
2. Call Minister Wilkinson (Parliament Hill office: 613-995-1225 / Constituency office in North Vancouver: 604-775-6333).
3. Share our posts from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Urge them to include single-use water bottles in the federal government's 2021 ban and ask them if the Canadian Bottled Water Association or the Canadian Beverage Association lobbied the government in its decision. The government is accepting comments until December 9, 2020.
June 26, 2020 marks the one-year anniversary of Ottawa City Council's unanimous decision to eliminate single use plastics in all municipal buildings. OWSAG played a large role in bringing that motion to Council, and we continue pushing the City to implement that decision. We have been contacting our Councillors asking for updates on actions taken.
We need you to do the same. Please contact your Councillor through email, phone or in person and ask them what they personally plan to do to help implement this very important motion. It is only by keeping the topic out in front of council that they will know this issue is important to you, the citizens of Ottawa.
On April 22, we celebrated Earth Day by hosting a free screening of The Story of Plastic. More than 100 people signed up to see this seething expose uncovering the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis. You can see segments of the film on YouTube.