The Story of Plastic – Virtual Film Screening

Pre-Covid-19, we had planned to hold a screening of this new film at OAEC, but we hope you’ll join us instead for a free on-line screening and Q&A discussion.

Watch The Story of Plastic at home

May 21-26

Q&A discussion with Dave Henson

May 26 at 7pm

Right now, while millions of people, families, and communities suffer from Covid-19, the EPA has removed many environmental and human health protections from big industry, including the fossil fuel-driven plastics supply chain. In this unprecedented moment, it is particularly important that we pay attention to opportunistic attempts to deregulate the most polluting industries and promote false solutions to critical environmental and human rights issues.

Fortunately, there’s a powerful global movement to Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) that is working to hold big corporations accountable, collaborate with people all over the world to tackle the plastic crisis, and protect the marginalized communities and ecosystems most impacted by plastic production and pollution.

A new film – The Story of Plastic, produced by the Story of Stuff Project – takes a sweeping look at the human-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Original animations, interviews with experts and activists from around the globe, and never-before-filmed scenes reveal the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world – and the global movement rising up in response

OAEC’s Executive Director, Dave Henson has served as the lead facilitator for key multi-year strategic planning processes for both the Global and US Break Free From Plastic movements. At OAEC, we have hosted and collaborated with both the Global and US BFFP staff teams, as well as other partner organizations including the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), FracTracker Alliance, Zero Waste Communities, Health Care Without Harm, and others for strategic planning retreats. Please join us for the live Q&A after the film to hear Dave’s insider perspective on strategies and opportunities to address the plastic crisis locally and globally, and what we each can do to help.


Here’s how it will work: 

  1. Register on the event page here or by clicking the RSVP button below.
  2. You’ll receive a link from us via email to stream the film on Thursday, May 21 at 10:00 am. You will then have six days to watch the film whenever it’s convenient for you, right from home. The link to view the film will expire on Tuesday, May 26 at 7pm. Subtitles are available in your language for the film.
  3. We will then virtually gather on May 26 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm via Zoom for a Q&A discussion about the film. You will receive a separate link for this event. We hope everyone who watches the film attends and engages with us via Zoom!Questions?  Please contact Cooper Freeman, OAEC Development Director at 

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