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July 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Movie Night Under the Stars: Microplastic Madness

In celebration of Plastic Free July and World Ranger Day, join us for a free screening of Microplastic Madness. This family-friendly documentary follows 56 fifth-grade students from Brooklyn, NY, who dive deep into the root causes of plastic pollution. In this inspiring story, they take on the roles of citizen scientists and community advocates. They collect local data, lead community outreach, and use their local data to suggest a change in policy by testifying and rallying at City Hall. Armed with facts and fueled with confidence, they turn their focus back to their school cafeteria and take action to eliminate all single-use plastic.

The film also stars Dan Meharg, former National Park Service ranger with the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (1998-2003). In the documentary, he was working at Gateway National Recreation Area. Dan is coming back to the Blackstone River Valley to attend the screening in celebration of World Ranger Day!

The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone is hosting the screening at its 12-acre property, Sycamore Landing, at 100 New River Road in (Manville) Lincoln, RI. The property is bordered by the Blackstone River in the rear and the Blackstone River Bikeway in the front.

Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. Come early to have a picnic (bring your own food). Bring your bikes or canoes and kayaks to explore the river or the bikeway. Take a family hike along the nature trails. We’ll have games and activities and other special guests including Max Man from Rhode Island Resource Recovery, Melissa from 15 Minutes Field Trips, and more.

The screening will begin at sunset, just after 8:00 p.m. The film is 75 minutes long. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Seating will be on the lawn.

Before coming to the screening, be sure to explore our GearHeads Junior Ranger program at BlackstoneGearHeads.org. We’ll have Junior Ranger badges on hand and will host a special pinning ceremony before the film.

This documentary is being screened by the Providence Children’s Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award Best Documentary in its 2020 festival.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05GQgNt-ob8.

About the film:

Microplastic Madness is an inspirational and optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through an urban youth point of view with a powerful take-action message.

Fifth graders from PS 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn – a community on the frontline of climate change that was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy- spent two years investigating plastic pollution. Taking on the roles of citizen scientists, community leaders, and advocates, these 10-11-year-olds collect local data, lead community outreach, and use their impressive data to inform policy, testifying, and rallying at City Hall. They take a deep dive into the root causes of plastic pollution, bridging the connection between plastic, climate change, and environmental justice before turning their focus back to school. There they take action to rid their cafeteria of all single-use plastic, driving forward city-wide action and a scalable, youth-led plastic-free movement.

For more information, contact Bonnie Combs at bcombs@blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.



July 31, 2021
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Blackstone River Watershed Council
100 New River Road
Lincoln, RI United States
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Blackstone Heritage Corridor