Tell your government that plastic is cancelled!
There will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by the year 2050. By now, this phrase is burned into our brains. The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use for just a few minutes every day are made of a material that is designed to last forever. Single-use plastics are ubiquitous everywhere and the numbers are staggering: since the mass production of plastics began 6 decades ago, the industry has generated 8.3 billion metric tons (most of which is not even recycled). If present trends continue, by 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic going to landfill. It's estimated that 19 billion pounds of plastic ends up in our oceans every year (imagine a dump truck full of plastic entering the ocean every minute), and that figure is set to double in the next 7 years if current trends are allowed to continue.
Clearly these trends cannot be allowed to continue - but how do we even begin to tackle a problem of such magnitude? We all need to start where we are and act locally. Get involved with groups in your area who are campaigning against plastic waste - in Toronto we have the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA), StrawlessTO, Environmental Defence, StopPlasticsCA and Greenpeace Canada. Sign up for their newsletters and attend their in person events to begin building a road map for how to strategically lobby government bodies to place punitive fees and bans on single-use plastics. You can get started right now by signing these 5 petitions from the above mentioned groups. And try living without single-use plastic in July.
Water Docs 2018 is a wrap!
See you next festival, but here's a small taste from this year...
The Water Docs Film Festival shows outstanding films and exhibits on issues facing water systems and the people who live in them here and around the world. After each screening there were lively Q&A sessions with filmmakers, activists, artists, experts and other related speakers. Our community partners shared ways to get involved.
The festival is the joint effort of many great volunteers, partners, donors and supporters. Thanks to everyone who attended and to everyone who helped make it happen! Click here if you are interested in volunteering to help plan our work and next year's festival! If you missed the free World Water Day Celebration on March 22, click for a sample of what fracking is all about and how bad it is for our water systems.
And consider holding a Water Docs Where-You-Live event in your community, with a film and discussion.
Festival films covered the gamut of water issues, explored some possibilities for action, and celebrated the joy of water in our lives in a myriad of ways. We inaugurated the Water Warrior Award, with Maude Barlow taking the honours for her passionate and tireless work for water over the years.
Of note, this year nearly all of our films were submitted, so if you're a filmmaker who is working on a film about water, you can submit for next year's festival starting in July. Keep an eye on our Film Freeway profile for announcements about the 2019 Water Docs Film Festival.
Check out some of the trailers of the films we screened this year by clicking the button below and if you missed the festival you can see some of the highlights in the video below.