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Is your life too plastic? “Bag It” film screening next week.

Missouri River Relief, Sustain Mizzou and the Missouri River Communities Network will host a free screening of the award winning film “Bag It” on Monday, April 23rd at 7 p.m. in Strickland 204 on the MU Campus.

Try going a day without plastic.  Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives in unimaginable and frightening ways.  Most of what we eat and drink, and the products we purchase, are packaged and wrapped in petroleum plastic – a material designed to last forever, yet used for products that most people use once and throw away.

In this touching and often funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic as it relates to our throw-away mentality, our culture of convenience, our over-consumption of unnecessary, disposable products and packaging – things that we use one time and then, without another thought, throw away.

But where is away? Away is overflowing landfills, clogged rivers, islands of trash in our oceans and even our very own toxic bodies. We see how our “crazy-for-plastic” world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it.

The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about 12 minutes each. This single-use mentality for plastics has contributed to the formation of a floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean. The North Pacific Gyre is an area roughly twice the size of Texas, some say as big as the United States.

Featuring interviews with scientists and experts from around the world, Bag It is a first-person documentary in the style of Michael Moore, asking how we can incorporate healthy, more environmentally friendly practices into our lives, our cultures, and our communities.

“I didn’t expect a movie about plastic bags to change my life in such a deep and profound way.  Gripping, funny, intelligent, and sure to change your life.”

–  Louie Psihoyos, Director of The Cove

This free and open to the public screening is brought to you by Missouri River Relief, Sustain Mizzou & Missouri River Communities Network.  Please join us on Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. to learn more about how plastic affects our world and what we can do about it as we kick-off Sustainability Week.  If you don’t do anything else on Earth Day this April, come see this film and bring a friend.

Fore more information about plastic in our environment and its effects, check out Melanie Cheney’s blog, Plastic Soup News.

“Bicycle Dreams” shows at the Blue Note this Thursday

The PedNet Coalition is sponsoring this film about Race Across America, a 3000-mile bike race that challenges riders to pedal across the country in just ten days. Looks pretty rad. Inspiring, even. Shoot, I watched this and then biked to school this morning. Take a look. Oh, and word on this street is that the film sold out in St. Louis. Do it while it’s hot.

Bicycle Dreams documentary film
Thursday, February 2
The Blue Note
Doors open at 6pm Show at 7pm
Tickets: $11 in advanced/$15 at the door

What you get:

  • Covered “Rock Star” bicycle parking in front
  • *Shakespeare’s pizza for purchase
  • Cash bar
  • Q&A with 2013 RAAM rider Pam Creech
  • FREE after-show with band Mary & The Giant
  • PedNet Coalition Fundraiser

Free Mizzou Event: See “The Work of 1000” and meet Marion Stoddart, the film’s inspiration

By Steve Johnson, director of the Missouri River Communities Network

The Work of 1000 is a 30-minute documentary film that tells the inspiring story of Marion Stoddart, a citizen leader committed to a lifetime of grassroots organizing and coalition building around her local Massachusetts river.

The movie will be shown Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00PM in the Wrench Auditorium of Memorial Union South.  Marion Stoddart will be at the screening and will lead a discussion about her experiences. Filmmaker Susan Edwards (a Mizzou graduate) will also be on hand to discuss the film.  The showing is free with a suggested donation.

In the early 1960s, Marion Stoddart was a housewife and mother of three who decided to take on the impossible–cleaning up the Nashua River, which ran through her town and was then one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the country. During her years of advocacy, Marion organized a massive citizen effort to rescue the river. She lobbied successfully for legislation, including the Massachusetts Clean Waters Act which was the first State clean water legislation in the country and a precursor to the national Clean Water Act and the development of the Environmental Protection Agency. Continuing that record of success, she petitioned the Federal government for millions of dollars of promised funds to fight the pollution–and won. Her dramatic success in mobilizing the community showed people that change was possible, even though they’d lost hope. Today, thanks to the efforts of Marion and the Nashua River Watershed Association (the non-profit she founded), the river is clean and restored, with wildlife thriving and children swimming.

The film is being sponsored by the Missouri River Communities Network and several other local non-profit organizations that work on clean water issues including: Sustain Mizzou, Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition, Missouri River Relief, Friends of the Big Muddy, Osage Chapter of the Sierra Club, Columbia Audubon Society, and the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.  There will be a reception after the film so people can talk to representatives of various organizations and learn more about they can get involved and volunteer to work on clean water stewardship activities in watersheds in their area.

Visit the project web site: www.workof1000.org

Download the flier

If you’re in town and want to promote this event, contact Tina.Casagrand@gmail.com

Reading Group watches “The Warriors of Qiugang”

In anticipation of the Academy Awards, the Environmental Reading and Media Group watched the 40-minute documentary “The Warriors of Qiugang.” This Oscar-nominated film was co-produced by Yale Environment 360 with filmmakers Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon, who have made a trilogy of short films set in China — the first of which, “The Blood of Yingzhou District,” won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Continue reading Reading Group watches “The Warriors of Qiugang”