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Guelph Earth Day event: Emmy-winning film and local experts

Movie screening on Apr. 22 to be followed up with discussion with local environmental experts
PlasticTrash on lakeshore
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What happens to plastic if it doesn’t get recycled properly? And what can you do to take action?

Residents can find out during a free movie and conversation at The Bookshelf for Earth Day next Monday, April 22.

Going with the Earth Day theme Planet vs. Plastics, the Emmy Award-winning documentary film The Story of Plastic will be shown, followed by a live question and answer session with three local environmental experts.

“Last year, we did our first film night for Earth Day,” said Carolyn Weatherson, the Rotary Club of Guelph’s environment committee co-chair. The Rotary Club is hosting the event.

“It was such a great success. The film was so amazing that we thought we needed to do something again this year, but have it around the theme of Plastics vs. Planet.”

Weatherson said the 2019 film “covers a wide range of what happens with plastic,” going from the beginning until the point the plastic reaches the landfill or the ocean.

“It’s going to give you a comprehensive view, and it’s also going to give you solutions to the problem, which is helpful,” she said. “We don’t want to just see people with despair, we want to show that there’s hope out there and there’s things that we can do about it to reduce our own use, and to get producers to reduce their use as well.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Apr. 22.

The film starts at 7 p.m. and runs an hour and 35 minutes.

Manjusri Misra, a University of Guelph professor, along with Madeleine Myhill from the City of Guelph and The Refill Store owner Lindsey Oman will take questions after the film is done.

It is a pay-what-you-can event, and there is no reserved seating.

You are asked to donate, with proceeds to directly cover the cost of putting on the event.

Anyone who shows up will also be entered into a draw for what is described as an environmentally friendly prize bag, “full of great products to help you reduce plastic in your life.”