Documentary film, The Smog of the Sea, chronicles a week-long journey through the remote Sargasso Sea – the only sea on the Earth without a coastline, a sea without shores, located entirely within the Atlantic Ocean – to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.
Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard a crew to help him study the sea. The crew included renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham – all from varying backgrounds but with a deep set love of the oceans.
What the crew find is not so much “garbage patches” but rather something more tiny yet more “menacing” – microplastics. A fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain. The crew pose the question: “You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog?”
Director Ian Cheney, of King Corn-fame, uses super-8 footage, dazzling underwater cinematography, an original score by Jack Johnson and shipmate Simon Beins, and live action footage of the crew’s research, to provide an “artful” call to action for rethinking the scourge of the sea — single-use plastic.
The Smog of the Sea website has a variety of resources for individuals, teachers and students inspired to take action and raise awareness. These include scientific lesson plans, art and creative writing activities, and ideas for student action projects.
To encourage individuals and community groups to take action, The Smog of the Sea website also shares online campaigns, toolkits, and organising strategies to reduce single-use plastic bags, water bottles, straws, styrofoam and more.
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