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Multi award-winning film Trashed takes Jeremy Irons on a journey from scepticism to sorrow; and from horror to hope in a world full of waste.

Irons looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste pollution.

The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. It is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste.

Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable approaches that provide far more employment than the current ‘waste industry’.

Panel Speakers:

Michael Brown – Founder and owner of Packaging 2.0, a company with a mission to develop sustainable, environmentally sound packaging while reducing overall costs.

Sarah Kite – Director of recycling department of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RRIRC). She and her staff are responsible for operating both the statewide municipal recycling education and technical services program and the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Johnston, Rhode Island

Bert Emerson – Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Interactive Media Art at Salve Regina University. He was recently featured on the cover of The Mercury in Newport for his 700-Year plastic composter project now featured at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery on the Salve Campus.

Dave McLaughlin – Founder of Clean Ocean Access, a grass-roots 100% volunteer group concerned about safety, cleanliness and open access of the ocean and coastline of Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island and surrounding shorelines. Since 2006 the groups has scoured scores of tons of garbage from our waterways in regular clean-ups.

Kyle F. Hence – Newly hired Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Portsmouth; Trustee and President of Sustainable Aquidneck, a non-profit organization he co-founded in 2012 to advance sustainable practices and initiatives on Aquidneck Island; Fellow for the SE Greenhouse social enterprise “Change Accelerator” sponsored by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation; Founding member of Change Place, an incubator for social ventures based in downtown Newport; Contributor to ecoRI, Rhode Island’s environmental news source; Yacht captain.

** The online RSVPs for this event are closed because we are at to our 300 person capacity. However, there will also be a limited number of wait list seats available at the door on a first come, first served basis (wait list will begin at 5:45 PM) **

Co-presented by Aquidneck Land Trust and the Town of Portsmouth’s Recycling Committee

With valuable support from The Green Grocer, Clean Ocean Access, ecoRI & Packaging 2.0

In partnership with Sustainable Aquidneck, Clean Water Action, Sailors for the Sea, People’s Power & Light and Surfrider Foundation

6:00PM – Coffee, Snacks & Community partner chat hour

7:00PM – Film, followed by panel discussion by local experts

Showing this film is important because…

Civilization’s waste threatens our planet’s life support systems. Working toward zero waste on the west coast, communities recycle over 70% while here on the island we recycle less than half that sum. Tabling by community partners and a post-event panel discussion with Q&A will bring together the community to inspire a conversation around how we can do better.

Run time: USA / 60 min
Director: Candida Brady
Producers: Candida Brady, Titus Ogilvy
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