GLEN ROCK, NJ - A documentary screening about plastics in the ocean created quite a splash on July 31.

The Glen Rock Green Team Interns hosted “A Plastic Ocean” documentary screening on July 31 at Borough Hall.  The event brought more than 150 people from Glen Rock and neighboring municipalities together for a discussion on the damage that single use plastic has on our environment. 

"Every now and again you read or watch something so powerful that it changes the way that you view the world in a significant way," Mayor Bruce Packer said. "It is no exaggeration to say that the recent screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’, did just that for me. Like the other 150 people in the room, I was absolutely shocked and moved as I learned the impact of our careless attitude toward using and disposing of plastic. Every piece of plastic ever used is still sitting in an ocean, landfill, or somewhere on the planet and while the plastic never dies, the animals that ingest it, and the humans who breathe in the air impacted by it, do. I strongly suggest that people watch this movie and learn how our overuse of plastic is impacting the planet.”

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The interns also organized a panel discussion after the screening with Assemblywoman Lisa Swain (D-38) and Glen Rock Councilwoman Arati Kreibich. The discussion was focused on what citizens could do locally to reduce the epidemic of plastic waste.

“I was so impressed and moved by the efforts of our Green Team interns in raising our collective community awareness about plastic pollution,” Kreibich said. “I hope all 150 of us who watched this movie will urge others to do the same, and importantly act — individually, as a community, and legislatively to change our behavior and drastically reduce our plastic consumption! Banning single use plastic bags in our communities and our state is a small but significant step that we can take.”

“I am amazed by the amount of people that showed up. The questions people asked the panel were very smart," Green Team Intern Himashri Badarvada said. "I’m happy that I was a part of this”.

Intern Tal Ledeniov was impressed by the enthusiasm and large attendance. “I’m so proud of how many people turned up to see this life changing movie. I really hope people took as much away from this movie as I did.”

The Glen Rock Green Team offers internship programs that provide students and recent college graduates the opportunity to collaborate with others who are concerned about the future of the environment. Projects include organizing a plastic bag ban, local business outreach, familiarizing others with plastic straw alternatives, and encouraging community members to avoid styrofoam usage.