Plastic is Forever: Kids Can Save the Planet Series
Catalogue Number: TVP037
Producer: Video Project, Inc.
Subject: Character Education, Consumer Studies, Environmental Justice, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Science, Social Issues
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 19
What happens when you throw plastic away? Dylan D'Haeze, a 13-year-old filmmaker from the San Juan Islands, decides to find out by following plastic trash to its end source which is the ocean. As the "downhill to everything", that great blue expanse serves as an unintentional dumping ground and a transportation system as countless pieces of plastic debris wash up on shores around the world. Marine life often ingest plastic debris which ends up affecting human health as those creatures end up on dinner plates.
The film also explores the history of plastics and how they came into wider use due to World War 2 as well as the science of plastics which breaks down the fact that they simply do not break down in nature.
Dylan emphasizes how fellow kids can help make a difference in a world that is increasingly dependent on plastic.
-School Library Journal
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Does an excellent job of telling a story from the beginning of plastics in America, the science of making plastics, and its explosive and pervasive presence in our world today in 20 minutes...Does a wonderful job of telling an engaging story that will captivate most middle schoolers."
- Science Books and Films
"A short but engaging film on one of our planet's controversial issues regarding wastes."
- Educational Media Reviews Online
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