V&A Waterfront – Ocean Life Festival 2017 

We are collaborating with the V&A Waterfront Ocean Life Festival 2017. We have curated four ocean conservation films that will screen at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau from 29 November to 1 December. Tickets can be purchased directly from Cinema Nouveau.

Wednesday 29th November 2017 

A Plastic Ocean (1hr 42)

Discussion Q&A with local plastic ocean warriors – BEACH COOP

A Plastic Ocean is an adventure documentary shot in more than 20 locations over the past four years. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal what lies behind the scourge of plastic pollution but share real solutions with viewers.

Q&A Session with The Beach Co-op & PETCO

We love the ocean and want to work with others that do too. It all began in 2015 when a volunteer group started meeting every new moon to collect marine debris on the rocky shore at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg. It is our local surf break and we wanted to do something for the ocean that does so much for us. This philosophy continues into the work we do today, and although our mission is focused on single use plastic, the driving force and primary ambition is the health of our ocean. Our single use plastics mission is to work with it at all points of its supply chain: remove it from the beach, refuse it when making purchases, work with brands and companies who want to use less plastic, and encourage manufacturers to design plastic packaging with a circular economy in mind i.e. design for recyclability.

PETCO is South Africa’s national industry body accountable for managing the PET plastic industry’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). We work with the whole PET value chain to reduce the impact of PET plastic on the environment and increase recycling rates. PET plastic bottle recycling reached a 55% recycling rate in 2016, which means just over 90 000 tonnes of PET plastic bottles were recycled. We are now collecting more PET bottles than those going to landfill – in 2016, a total of 2 billion bottles were collected for recycling. Creating a sustainable future comes from a clear understanding of the behaviour and motivations of various stakeholder groups, and requires fundamental changes in attitudes and behaviour, not only from government and industry, but from society as a whole. This is the future PETCO is helping to create, through a multi-pronged stakeholder engagement and empowerment strategy. We believe that increased transparency between consumers and the plastics industry will lead to improved understanding, with each stakeholder group taking responsibility for their role in transitioning to a circular economy, therefore ensuring a sustainable plastics industry that will ultimately provide long-term socio-economic and environmental benefits to all South Africans.

Thursday 30th November 2017

Chasing  Coral (1hr 33) 

Around the world, coral reefs are feeling the heat — literally. Persistently rising ocean temperatures have triggered coral bleaching events on a scale never seen before. This new documentary tells a grim story of reefs in trouble, and warns about what we could lose when they die.

Q&A Session with Damian Foxall, Volvo Ocean Race sustainability

Damian is passionate about ocean conservation and education which makes his addition to Vestas 11th Hour Racing a perfect match.

There’s not much that five-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran and passionate ocean conservationist Damian Foxall hasn’t done when it comes to sailing. He won the Volvo Ocean Race as part of Groupama in 2011-12, set a round-the-world speed record onboard G-Class catamaran Cheyenne, and took victory in the two-handed Barcelona World Race in 2008, adding all that to his record as the first ever non-French entry to grab a leg win at the Solitaire du Figaro in 1997. Now, he returns to the toughest test of a team in professional sport looking to lift the trophy for a second time.

Friday 1st December 2017

BLUE (1hr 16)

Q&A with Ocean Warrior Diony Lalieu from Surfers Pledge

Blue is a powerful film that charts the challenges we face and the opportunities for positive change in how we look after our oceans. Filmed in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the South Pacific and the United States, this stunning cinematic documentary comes at a time when we are making critical decisions that will decide the legacy we leave for generations to come.

The Smog of the Sea (30min)

The Smog of the Sea chronicles a one-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith and Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.

Discussion with Diony Lalieu from Surfers Pledge and Romy Chevallier

As surfers we are all connected by one living and breathing organism that is the source of all life and the fountain of all bliss and inspiration. The passionate nature of a surfer’s relationship with the sea places us at the forefront of any changes effecting the ocean and thus the perfect custodians. But, while our sense of love, connection and respect for the ocean is unshakable, it is not always equally as clear how we as surfers can give back.

Romy Chevallier is currently a senior policy researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). Romy has travelled to many African countries to conduct policy research on climate change, natural resource governance and on the sustainable management of the environment. In South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania, Romy has focused on the governance of the coastal zone, on the management of protected areas, including of the ocean, and on enhanced community resilience to climate change impacts.

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