The Story of Plastic: A Virtual Screening

The 8th Annual Film & Discussion Series continues with a free virtual screening of this award-winning documentary.

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With COVID-19 interrupting the regularly scheduled March and April film series screenings, we are fortunate to be able to present this film virtually. The film inspires us to action and advocacy despite its difficult subject, for it changes the dialogue from our responsibility for recycling plastic to the more basic issue of its production in the first place by the same companies that give us fossil fuels. Yet we recognize that you may choose not to view it at this time, with the emotional challenges we are all facing, as it is not a light-hearted feel-good movie. 

You decide.  Read on.

The Story of Plastic looks at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people that inhabit it. The film artfully illustrates the ongoing catastrophe of worldwide plastic pollution: fields full of garbage, mountains of trash; rivers and seas choked with waste; and skies filled with the poisons emitted from plastic production and processing. The film features interviews with experts and activists on the frontlines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world—and the global movement rising up in response. With original animation, archival industry footage starting in the 1930s and first-person accounts, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the health and wellbeing of not only the planet but also its inhabitants.

The film shines a light on how the plastics industry is simultaneously shifting the blame and economic cost for plastic pollution onto wasteful consumers while also aggressively investing to produce more single-use plastic than ever before. Reclaiming the narrative, the filmmakers suggest that while cleanup is important to understand the situation, the real solution lies in stopping the mass production of plastic in the first place.

The 8th Annual Film & Discussion Series is a collaborative presentation by Woodstock Land Conservancy, Woodstock NY Transition, and The Woodstock Jewish Congregation, inspired by Project Drawdown. 

Woodstock Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of the open lands, forests, water resources, scenic areas, and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding area.

Woodstock NY Transition is a community organization that works to create a more fulfilling, inspiring, equitable, and socially connected way of life that is based on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies, and an enlivened sense of community well-being. 

 The Woodstock Jewish Congregation strives to enable participants to enrich their lives through Jewish worship, celebration, practice, study, and fellowship. We are committed to maintaining our loving character by treating all people with care and respect, and we draw from all streams of Jewish practice.  It is our hope that the spirit of holiness and the passion for justice generated within our congregation will overflow into our families, workplaces, and community at large.

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