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Join the debate on ocean plastic this World Environment Day

Date posted: 30 May 2018

The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) will be holding a series of evening screenings of the documentary A Plastic Ocean, followed by a debate between expert panellists working on this issue. These include Catherine Gemmell MCS Scotland Conservation Officer and MCS Ocean Ambassador Doug Allan.

Doug Allen

In support of World Environment Day, June 5th, we will be attempting to untangle the issue of ocean plastic.

Plastic in the ocean is the most-talked-about environmental issue of 2018 with scientists estimating by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish, by weight. The MCS Beachwatch report found an increase of 94% in wet-wipes on beaches in 2017.

The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) will be holding a series of evening screenings - in Bristol, London and Edinburgh on the 5th, 6th and 7th June respectively to show the documentary A Plastic Ocean, followed by a debate between expert panellists working on this issue. These include Catherine Gemmell MCS Scotland Conservation Officer and MCS Ocean Ambassador Doug Allan.

Make sure you attend to join the debate on how we can stop the plastic tide, and challenge society’s perception that plastic can no longer be treated as a truly ‘disposable’ commodity.

Panellists include:

· Catherine Gemmell, Scotland Conservation Officer at Marine Conservation Society (MCS)

· Professor Colin Moffat, Chief Scientific Advisor Marine for the Scottish Government

· Doug Allan, Wildlife Cameraman, Camera Crew for A Plastic Ocean and The Blue Planet and MCS Ocean Ambassador.

· Professor Edward Kosior, Managing Director at Nextek Ltd

· Jo Ruxton, Co-Founder of Plastic Oceans Foundation

· Natalie Fee, Founder of City to Sea

· Peter Kershaw, Marine Scientist and Chair of GESAMP (Joint Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection)

· Sarah Archer, Senior Project Manager at Fidra

Non-IES members will receive a free year’s IES Affiliate Membership with every booking.

Join us as we debate the science behind the headlines. Book your ticket today HERE.

Actions you can take

  1. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2017
  2. Help us stop the plastic tide

Did you know?…

Over time, one plastic bottle bobbing along in the ocean can break down in to hundreds of tiny plastic pieces

On UK beaches levels of litter have doubled in the past 20 years

Globally, plastic litter has reached every part of the world’s oceans

The future of fisheries is being decided

Fisheries CampaignThe UK government has opened a public consultation asking how we think they should manage our fisheries after Brexit through a new Fisheries Bill.

Act now!