‘Plastic Ocean’

As part of the Faith and Film series, COG recently presented the film Plastic Ocean, and this was followed by a fascinating informed and informal discussion.

The following slides were prepared for this discussion:

Where anyone feels able, please email the church office with any ideas, thoughts and suggestions you may have of how to improve St Peter’s in helping each other to do better on our reduction of plastic use and recycling: Email: office@stpetersedinburgh.org

Even if you live hundreds of miles from the coast, the plastic you throw away could make its way into the sea. Once in the ocean, plastic decomposes very slowly, breaking down into tiny pieces known as micro plastics that can be incredibly damaging to sea life. Our oceans and coastlines are choking on plastic. We’ve all seen plastic bottles, food wrappers and bags polluting beaches, and been horrified by the stories of marine creatures like seabirds and whales starving when their stomachs become packed full of plastic.

Scientists have shown that up to 12 million tonnes of plastic is entering our oceans every year – that’s a rubbish truck full every minute. Single-use plastic packaging for food and drink is a particularly common part of the problem.

  • Where does all this plastic come from?
  • How can we help to solve this issue?
  • Can we stop it?
  • What will happen if we don’t?

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