Plastic Madness 2022

Learning and service opportunities!
Join us for a series of virtual and in-person events

Virtual Events

September 16th – 30th: Free on-demand streaming of the family-friendly documentary Microplastic Madness. Watch on your device at your convenience.

Microplastic Madness Film Overview   – Running time: 76 minutes

Microplastic Madness is an optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through a refreshing urban youth point of view with an inspiring take action message.

Fifth graders from PS 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn – a community on the frontline of Climate Change – spent two years investigating plastic pollution. Taking on the roles of citizen scientists, community leaders, and advocates, these 10-11 year olds collect local data, lead community outreach, and use their impressive data to inform policy, testifying and rallying at City Hall. They take the deep dive into the root causes of plastic pollution, bridging the connection between plastic, climate change, and environmental justice before turning their focus back to school.  There they take action to rid their cafeteria of all single-use plastic, driving forward city-wide action and a scalable, youth-led plastic-free movement.

With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists, this alarming, yet uplifting narrative conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms with a take action message to spark youth-led plastic free action in schools everywhere. The film has been accepted to 44 film festivals and received 8 awards.

October 5th, 6:30 p.m. Central: Virtual panel discussion about the film, with guest speakers from Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper and Cafeteria Culture, the organization that produced Microplastic Madness. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions and comments!

to receive a password-protected link to stream the film at your convenience
and a link to the panel discussion on October 5th.

October 18th, 6:30 p.m. Central: Deep-dive presentation on Plastic Threats to Human Health with Dr. Jenny Davies, MD. Learn about the effects of microplastics on the human body and what we can do to decrease their prevalence.

to receive a link to Dr. Davies’ presentation on October 18th.

In-person Events: Plastic Brand Audits

Join us in auditing trash removed from the Missouri River by our good friends at
Missouri River Relief!

We will submit the audit data to Break Free From Plastic for the global brand report.

September 17th, 1-5:30 p.m. ST. LOUIS: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

October 15th, 1-5:30 p.m. JEFFERSON CITY:
Noren Access

REGISTER HERE for either or both of the Brand Audits.