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Sunday
22
APR

Straws Film Screening

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16:00

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Join Keep It Beachy Clean and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center for a 30 minute screening of the documentary Straws! Learn about the Keep It Beachy Clean litter-prevention program (a program of Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University), the Virginia Aquarium's effort to eliminate single use straws from their facility, ways you can go straw free and the Straw-Free Earth Day Virginia Beach initiative.

The screening is FREE with no Aquarium admission required. The first 25 people through the door will receive a free reusable steel drinking straw from Eco Maniac Company.

About STRAWS, the documentary:
With colorful straw history animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (30 minutes) leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution.

It's estimated every day 500,000,000+ plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the #5 most found litter item on beaches. They're non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.

Director Linda Booker interviews Jackie Nunez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw, restaurant owners with "Straws by Request Only" policies, renown marine biologist and author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, researcher Dr. Jenna Jambeck and Drifters Project artist Pam Longobardi. In Costa Rica we meet Turtle researchers Nathan Robinson and Christine Figgener, PhD student, Texas A&M University, who rescued and filmed the removal of a plastic straw in a sea turtle's nose that went viral in 2015. That story inspired middle school age student Max Machum to start #NoStrawChallenge #SinPajillaPorFavor and join a movement around the world that's making a sea of change, one plastic straw at a time.

For more information about this film, visit www.strawsflim.com.