Plastic Paradise movie poster
Join me on December 3rd at 7:30pm to see the documentary “Plastic Paradise” at the Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles.
As soon as I heard about this movie, I knew I had to see it. Many of us have read about the plastic plague impacting our oceans, but do we really understand the extent of it?
I look forward to testing my knowledge and learning more from watching “Plastic Paradise.” But in order to see the movie, the special event on December 3rd needs to sell 22 more tickets as of the writing of this post.
So support an independent film and find out about the plastic reality facing our oceans by buying tickets to see this movie! Oh, and did I mention there will be a panel discussion with 5 Gyres crew members, Mark Wystrach from The People’s Movement, and the filmmaker Angela Sun.
And if that isn’t enough to convince you…the money raised from ticket sales will support a campaign to draft legislation eliminating plastic microbeads from consumer products. A very worthy cause indeed.
To buy tickets click here, I look forward to seeing you at the movie!
Door to the nuclear medicine office
About ten days ago, I took a pill of radioiodine to treat a hyperthyroid condition and as a result spent the next four days (the number of days in isolation varies depending on much radioiodine people take) doing very environmentally unsound things to protect my husband from being exposed to radiation.
Rest assured, this treatment was not my top choice, but after more than two years of taking medication that controls the thyroid and works as a cure 50% of the time (allegedly) my thyroid was no better off and the medication started making my hair fall out, so needless to say it was time to move to plan B. (This all came to a head in September and is one of many reasons writing for Ocean Wild Things has been sporadic lately, but I’m looking forward to getting back in gear.)
Before the treatment, I had been warned about not being in close contact with people, sleeping in a separate bed and taking extra care to avoid pregnant women and very young children. But I was not prepared for the rest of the list which included flushing the toilet three to four times, using disposable utensils, rinsing the bathroom sink and shower with plenty of water and washing clothes and sheets separately.
For four days I was a bonafide water waster and it was just terrible! Even worse, all that radiated waste was headed straight for the ocean. (Unless, fingers crossed, it takes a few days to get through the Hyperion Treatment Plant before being released to the sea.) The hardest thing was having to flush the toilet three times. Usually I follow the water saving rule: If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down. Every extra flush made me cringe.
I’m so sorry Earth! I wish I could buy you a drink and talk all this through, but since I can’t…I’ll just keep writing.