Film, student projects, panel discussion focus on ocean health
BELFAST — Local nonprofit, Upstream Watch is hosting a screening of the documentary Blue, a film about the critical condition of the oceans and its marine life, and what people can do to help its recovery.
The film showing, on Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m., at the United Farmer's Market of Maine, 18 Spring St, Belfast, is free. It will be preceded by local student presentations about the Plastic Free Challenge at 3 p.m.
A panel discussion, with marine-related specialists, Susan Hand Shetterly, Dwayne Shaw and Tim Rider, will follow the presentations and film screening at 5:30 p.m., and the event will end with some time for informal discussion with wine and hors d’oeuvre.
Families are encouraged to participate in any or all parts of the program, and some childcare will be available, according to Upstream Watch, in a news release.
Plastic Free Challenge Reports and Activities: 3 p.m.
The “Plastic Free Challenge” participants will report on their week-long plastic waste studies and simple, yet effective actions to take to help with the regeneration of the oceans.
All the kids and adults present will be invited to learn a song before the screening of the documentary.
Screening of the film Blue: 4 p.m.
Blue is a documentary about the state of the oceans and seas, and what we can all do to help the marine environment. The film takes viewers on a journey into the ocean realm at a critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.
Viewers learn how humans are tied to its survival, and simple steps that can be taken to support its recovery.
Rated PG for images of suffering wildlife, and fishing of big fish. 76 minutes.
Panel discussion: 5:30 p.m.
After the screening, author Susan Hand Shetterly, The Seaweed Chronicles, Tim Rider of New England Fish Mongers, and Dwayne Shaw from Downeast Salmon Federation will describe how their own efforts contribute to the restoration of the rivers and seas and answer questions.
Susie O’Keeffe, researcher from the College of the Atlantic, will serve as moderator.
Informal conversation time: 5:30 p.m. to end
Following the panel discussions, complimentary hors d’oeuvre prepared by local chefs will be available and wine for purchase.