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Posted on: November 4, 2021

“EnviroFlick” movie series to present “Microplastic Madness” virtual movie screening and discussion


MMSocial Posts [Recovered]-03Springfield Environmental Services invites adults and families alike to enjoy a special “EnviroFlick” movie series virtual screening of “Microplastic Madness,” available for at-home viewing Nov. 10-17. The week of movie watching will culminate in a virtual Community Conversation event with film director Debby Lee Cohen, 7-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18.

“Microplastic Madness” is a documentary film featuring an optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through an urban youth point of view. The film follows fifth grade students in Brooklyn, New York, as they spend two years investigating the root causes of plastic pollution, making connections to climate change and environmental justice before taking action to encourage change at their school. With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary and interviews of experts and renowned scientists, this movie appeals to viewers of all ages. 

“When we generally think of plastic pollution, we think of the large pieces we see floating on our local rivers, lakes and streams, or scattered about our streets, parks and neighborhoods, but we don’t think about what happens as plastic breaks down over time,” explains Environmental Services Outreach and Education Coordinator Laurie Davis. “Microplastics are being found in every part of the environment and this film provides a fascinating look at the problem while providing potential solutions that can be incorporated into our daily lives.”  

“Microplastic Madness” will be available for in-home viewing anytime Nov. 10-17. Participants are encouraged to complete an online registration form. After signing up, a followup email will be sent with a link to the movie and a Zoom link to participate in the Community Conversation on Nov. 18. There is no charge to participate.  

The film is appropriate for families and individuals of all ages. Learn more and watch the trailer at The screening is another edition of Environmental Service’s “Enviro Flick” film series aimed at providing education and stimulating community discussion surrounding environmental topics.

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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected].



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