April 7, 2015
Johnson State College celebrates Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, with a special screening of Into the Gyre and a discussion with the film’s director, Scott Elliott, at 2:30 p.m. in 207 Bentley Hall.
The event is free and open to the public.
The documentary film highlights a groundbreaking expedition to study the location, extent and effect of plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Ocean. Thirty-four volunteer researchers, scientists and sailors participated in this five-week adventure to the remote Sargasso Sea, east of Bermuda.
Sailing on a 135-foot-tall ship, the SSV Corwith Cramer, the scientists collected, counted and archived the plastic they encountered. The film examines the history of plastics, the adverse effects it is causing in the ocean and possible solutions to this problem.