Plastics impact on world oceans

“The Smog of the Sea” chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea to assess the impact of plastics on the world’s oceans.

Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists during the mission.

Watch a trailer for “The Smog of the Sea”

July 13 | TERC at Sierra Nevada College
July 27 | Himmel Haus

After years of hearing about the famous garbage patches in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight.

A fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain.

But as the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain. You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog?

Using nostalgic super-8 footage, sparkling underwater cinematography, an original score by Jack Johnson and shipmate Simon Beins, and live action footage of the crew’s research, “The Smog of the Sea” provides a new perspective on the once pristine oceans and makes an artful call to action for rethinking the scourge of the sea — single use plastic. Directed by Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Ian Cheney. | thesmogofthesea.com

Two screenings

The film will be screened on July 13 as part of the Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s series featuring Pollution Impacts: Plastics, Light and Sound. Following the screening, Dr. Will Richardson of Tahoe Institute for Natural Science will discuss the effects of excessive light and sound on humans and wildlife. Also, learn how to use the Citizen Science Tahoe app.

The event features a no-host bar at 5:30 with the presentation at 6 p.m. at the Center on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev. There is a $5 suggested donation and guests are asked to RSVP at terc.ucdavis.edu.

As well, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Sugar Pine Foundation and Himmel Haus are hosting a screening at 9 p.m. on July 27 at Himmel Haus.

Pre-screening social hour begins at 8 p.m. featuring giveaways. The screening is free and open to the public. | tahoerimtrail.org

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