Ahead of Earth Day 2020, Discovery Channel has slated The Story of Plastic, a look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and its effect on the health of the planet.
The film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe across three continents: fields of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste and skies choked with the emissions from plastic production and processing.
The Story of Plastic features interviews with experts and activists, revealing the consequences of plastic to ecosystems and communities around the world — and the global movement rising up in response.
Subjects featured in the film include Charlie Moore (Algalita Marine Research & Education), who discovered the North Pacific Garbage Patch; Ellen and Elise Gerhart of Pennsylvania, who protested the construction of a fracked gas pipeline through their family’s property; and Yvette Arellano (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services), who supports communities sitting at the fence-line of the petrochemical corridor along the gulf coast.
The documentary, which also reveals the role of the plastic industry in “blaming wasteful consumers,” includes original animation, archival industry footage starting in the 1930s and first-person accounts of the “unfolding emergency.”
Programming details are forthcoming.
The Story of Plastic is presented by The Story of Stuff Project in association with React To Film.
The documentary is directed by Deia Schlosberg and produced by Kyle Cadotte, Megan Ponder and Stiv Wilson.
Dianna Cohen, Jackson Browne and Seven McDonald serve as co-executive producers; Wilson, Coralie Charriol-Paul and Dennis Paul, and Michael O’Heaney are executive producers.
“The issues highlighted in The Story of Plastic illuminate how the decisions made locally can affect us globally,” Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer of Discovery and factual. “We are eager to highlight the solutions laid out in the film that will help make our world a cleaner and healthier place to live.”