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Bottlemania, junk rafting, Kucinich gets Tapped, elegy for a plastic bag

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/25/10 @ 11:00am

  • Case kicks off its Year of Water today with a Convocation address from environmental journalist Elizabeth Royte. Royte investigates the bottled water phenomenon-and the environmental and social implications of the multi-billion dollar industry behind it-in the university-wide Common Reading selection, Bottlemania.
  • By now, most of us have heard of the Pacific junk gyre, a swirling soup of plastic the size of Texas. But truth be told, no amount of railing and chest beating is going to be as effective in telling the story as American director Ramin Bahrani's short film, Plastic Bag. It's an emotional triumph-supplying both release and a strengthening of resolve in the face of a global tragedy.
  • If you haven't seen "Tapped"-essentially the film version of Bottlemania-September 9 is your shot to see it on the big screen, for $2. Congressman Dennis Kucinich will be on hand at the Capital Theater to talk about what can be done to reform some of the practices and improve the quality of the bottled water industry. The screening is part of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Conservation Symposium (Sept. 9-11, the theme is Urban Ecology this year).
  • Part art, part performance, the Great Lake Erie Boat Float shoves off from Edgewater at 9 a.m. on September 11-watch as teams race their rafts made from junk plastic for a second year.
  • He was one of the first to bring the Pacific plastic patch to the world's attention. Captain Charles Moore, Founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, has seen the junk continent first hand, and will present updates on his research in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, 7 p.m. on September 10 at the Natural History Museum.
  • A Northeast Ohio company is making plastic from wheat straw, an agricultural waste product, for the auto industry.

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