A Plastic Ocean

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2017 | 7:00 PM

A Plastic Ocean begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers. They travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

Film Information

Year: 2016
Length: 100 minutes
Language: English
Country: Denmark
Genre: Food
NGO: Recycling Council of Alberta
Website: https://www.plasticoceans.org/about-film/

Curriculum Connection

Science 8

Cast & Credits

Director: Craig Leeson


UN Goal

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


Join the post-show conversation with local and international artists and experts.

Dr. Peter Vize and Dr. Brent Else

Dr. Peter Vize is a Professor of Marine Ecology at U of C, a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and a researcher of the Amphibian Research Centre of Hiroshima University in Japan. He is currently studying how corals link spawning behavior to environmental cues, such as the solar, lunar and seasonal cycles.

Dr. Else’s predominant research interests include marine carbon systems in Arctic environments, climate change, sea ice, the carbon cycle, carbon sequestration, air-sea carbon dioxide exchange, and climate variability. Dr. Brent Else became interested in Arctic marine research as an undergraduate student, when he was invited to participate as a research assistant on the 2003-2004 Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES). His experiences during that project, and a subsequent project in Churchill, convinced him to start a master’s degree at the University of Calgary, which later led to a PhD at the University of Manitoba. In July 2014, Dr. Else joined the University of Calgary as an assistant professor in the department of geography. Since 2014, Brent has spent a lot of time in the Arctic, working on ships and in field camps, and in the community of Cambridge Bay.