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Contact: Dani Crawford, (508) 255-3421 ext. 0305
On Monday, October 10 at 2 pm, Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Cape Cod Wildlife Collaborative will present a screening of the film "Plastic Paradise, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch."This film chronicles the plastic pollution in our oceans, including the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is one of five garbage patches throughout the world, two of which are in the Atlantic.Plastic pollution is an issue facing all the world's coastlines and oceans, and on Cape Cod there is an average of over 1,000,000 pieces of trash on our beaches any given day.
Special guests Marcus Erkesen and Anna Cummins, co-founders of 5-Gyres will be available for questions after the film. 5-Gyres is an organization that has sailed throughout the world's waters identifying garbage patches, with the goal of "empowering action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure."Their research in the Great Lakes was directly responsible for the recent federal law banning microbeads in facial and beauty products. 5-Gyres has brought the issue of plastic pollution to the forefront of the world's attention, and it is an honor to host them on Cape Cod, where they can help raise local awareness of the plastics issue.IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm, with staff to assist with activity planning. Visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and bookstore featuring national seashore-related items.