A new award winning documentary film ‘Trashed’ shows that our land and oceans are being severely polluted by plastic waste. Managing plastic waste is a major global challenge, and it is something we can begin to tackle locally. Plastic bags, packaging, drink bottles are obvious culprits. Biodegradable plastic does not help, because it breaks down into tiny fragments which produce a ‘plastic soup’ in lakes and seas.

There is a special version of the film for schools (57mins) plus other educational material available. We have begun to approach schools to use the film to bring awareness to children, and have been invited by Calder High and Riverside School to work with their School Councils to see how students could be involved. My 5 year old grandson watched the film with his mother and really ‘got it’.

A major campaign is being set up for Upper Calder Valley, and the film is being screened at several venues during the coming months,

Trades Club April 1st,

Salem Centre April 16th,

Hope Baptist Chapel May 17th, and Incredible Edible Todmorden, Unitarian Church May 18th, both for parents and children

The Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd May 28th.

We hope to gather ideas and suggestions as to how to control the use and disposal of plastic, and form a core group to take this forward. The film can also be watched online for a small fee.

There are no easy answers, but that does not mean we should just ignore what is happening to our environment, and leave it to future generations to deal with. Raising awareness about the toxicity of the plastic we use everyday, and how we dispose of it, is sorely needed. This is something everyone of all ages can play a part in. We would welcome your support.

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Anna Harris

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