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If You Think Waste Is Someone Else’s Problem – Think Again!
A Docu-Feature By Candida Brady
“This film is a wake up call about global waste.”
Cannes Film Festival
Join us for an evening previewing ‘International Zero Waste Week’ in San Francisco (March 17-23) and exploring solutions to our planet’s waste crisis with a community screening of Trashed, post-film discussion with key players in the environmental and corporate responsibility movement and networking with solution-driven organizations on hand.
Sponsored by NRDC and As You Sow
Wednesday, March 6
6:30pm – 10:00pm
925 Mission Street, SF
Space is limited, and this screening will sell out.
6:30pm – Reception w/ wine & appetizers
sponsored by As You Sow & NRDC
Showcase tables with Organizations such as
GAIA, NRDC, Clean Water Action, SF Environment
7:30pm – Film: Trashed
9:00pm – Post-film discussion featuring:
Conrad MacKerron, Senior Program Director, As You Sow
Kevin Danaher, Executive Director, Friends of the Environment, City of SF
Darby Hoover, Senior Resource Analyst, Urban Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Monica Wilson, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
In this groundbreaking environmental documentary, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons explores some of the world's most environmentally polluted places to reveal the extent our household rubbish is affecting us and our planet and what we can do about it. Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. TRASHED received its world premiere at a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce? We keep making things that do not break down in the environment. The beauty of our planet from space provides a stark contrast to scenes of human detritus across the globe. Vast landscapes in China are covered in tons of rubbish. The wide waters of the Ciliwung River in Indonesia are now barely visible under a never-ending tide of plastic. Children swim among leaking bags; mothers wash in the sewage-filled supply. Each year, we now throw away 58 billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, and billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste.
TRASHED received its world premiere at a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival last year. This is a wake-up call but a positive one. It ends on a message of hope with concrete examples of what we can all do something to stop the problem. Brady’s narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.
Following the film, a panel of waste experts will discuss what needs to be done to stem the tide of global waste and move towards higher levels of reuse and recycling of discarded materials. Conrad MacKerron of As You Sow will discuss his group’s efforts to challenge major corporations to take responsibility for their waste. Monica Wilson of Gaia will discuss why incineration is a false solution. Darby Hoover of NRDC will discuss efforts to deal with the fast-growing problem of ocean debris that threatens marine ecosystems.
Conrad MacKerron has more than a decade of experience managing corporate dialogues and shareholder advocacy initiatives on cutting-edge social and environmental issues. He currently specializes in resource efficiency and producer responsibility issues on packaging and e-waste. His engagement of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle Waters resulted in major commitments by each company on packaging recycling. His work at Best Buy let to free in-store take back of e-waste at all U.S. stores. He founded As You Sow's Corporate Social Responsibility Program in 1997 and is a former social research analyst and journalist.
Monica Wilson directs GAIA's US and Canada Program. She joined the network in 2002, previously serving as GAIA's lead U.S. organizer. She has also worked in the U.S. on corporate responsibility and environmental health issues and on a campaign against Shell Oil's abuses in Nigeria. Monica currently serves on the board of the Grassroots Recycling Network. She is also a master composter. Monica is based in GAIA's Berkeley, U.S. office.
Darby Hoover is a Senior Resource Specialist with the Urban Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She specializes in issues related to the paper industry, solid waste management, and recycling, and works with sports and entertainment organizations to develop comprehensive institutional greening inititatives. Darby is a co-coordinator of NRDC's marine plastics initiative, which addresses the growing problem of plastic pollution in marine environments. She also helps to coordinate NRDC's national solid waste and recycling initiatives, and oversees legislative work in California related to solid waste.
Dr. Kevin Danaher manages the Outreach Program of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. He is a co-founder of Global Exchange (1988), co-founder of TransFairUSA (1997), founder and Executive Co-Producer of the Green Festivals (2001), and Executive Director of the Global Citizen Center (2004). He was also the co-founder and designer of ESLI, the Environmental Service Learning Initiative, and he created GreenGuardians.ning.com featuring 233 green career training videos and other green job resources.