The Story of Plastic
The Story of Plastic
We think we know the end of the story... but that's only the beginning.

 

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About the film

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The Story of Plastic is a seething expose uncovering the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis. Striking footage shot over three continents illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash; rivers and seas clogged with waste; and skies choked with the poisonous runoff from plastic production and recycling processes with no end in sight. Original animations, interviews with experts and activists, and never-before-filmed scenes reveal the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world – and the global movement rising up in response.

About us

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The Story of Plastic is a production of The Story of Stuff Project, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the way that we make, use, and throw away Stuff so that it is more sustainable, healthy, and fair. Since 2007 the nonprofit's nine award-winning animated movies have garnered more than 50 million online views around the world and inspired a million-member global community to take action for systemic change. To learn more, visit storyofstuff.org

The Story of Stuff Project is a member of #breakfreefromplastic, a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. To learn more about the push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis, visit breakfreefromplastic.org

Meet the Heroes

Carroll Muffett  (Washington, D.C., United States) is President of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), a nonprofit organization that uses the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society. He is a recognized expert on international environmental law and a leader in the emerging fields of climate litigation and climate-related financial and legal risks. Carroll is lead researcher on CIEL’s Smoke and Fumes investigation into the deep history of oil industry engagement on climate science. He is co-author of CIEL’s Fueling Plastics series, which examines the linkages between fossil fuels and the global plastics crisis. He is an editor and contributing author to CIEL’s Hidden Cost of Plastics series: Plastics & Health and Plastics and Climate.  Carroll is a member of the Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Climate Accountability Institute.He is co-editor with Carl Bruch and Sandra Nichols of Governance, Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Routledge, 2016).

Carroll Muffett (Washington, D.C., United States) is President of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), a nonprofit organization that uses the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society. He is a recognized expert on international environmental law and a leader in the emerging fields of climate litigation and climate-related financial and legal risks. Carroll is lead researcher on CIEL’s Smoke and Fumes investigation into the deep history of oil industry engagement on climate science. He is co-author of CIEL’s Fueling Plastics series, which examines the linkages between fossil fuels and the global plastics crisis. He is an editor and contributing author to CIEL’s Hidden Cost of Plastics series: Plastics & Health and Plastics and Climate.

Carroll is a member of the Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Climate Accountability Institute.He is co-editor with Carl Bruch and Sandra Nichols of Governance, Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Routledge, 2016).


Ellen and Elise Gerhart  (Pennsylvania, United States) are a mother-daughter team who resisted the seizure of their land by eminent domain for the construction of a natural gas pipeline which would transport natural gas liquids for the production of plastics. Ellen and Elise welcomed protestors and resisters onto their land to form Camp White Pine, holding tree stands to block the pipeline construction. In 2018, Ellen, a retired schoolteacher and grandmother, was arrested for nonviolently resisting the pipeline construction.

Ellen and Elise Gerhart (Pennsylvania, United States) are a mother-daughter team who resisted the seizure of their land by eminent domain for the construction of a natural gas pipeline which would transport natural gas liquids for the production of plastics. Ellen and Elise welcomed protestors and resisters onto their land to form Camp White Pine, holding tree stands to block the pipeline construction. In 2018, Ellen, a retired schoolteacher and grandmother, was arrested for nonviolently resisting the pipeline construction.

Juan Marc Simon  (Brussels, Belgium)   directs the work of Zero Waste Europe. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007 and he is a regular keynote speaker in many industry and NGO meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Break Free from Plastics movement. Among many other publications he has authored the Zero Waste Masterplan for cities as well as the book “Zero Waste – How to reactivate the economy without trashing the planet”. With a background in Economics, he has more than 10 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.

Juan Marc Simon (Brussels, Belgium) directs the work of Zero Waste Europe. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007 and he is a regular keynote speaker in many industry and NGO meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Break Free from Plastics movement. Among many other publications he has authored the Zero Waste Masterplan for cities as well as the book “Zero Waste – How to reactivate the economy without trashing the planet”. With a background in Economics, he has more than 10 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.

Pratibha Sharma  (Mumbai, India) has over 7 years of experience in Solid Waste Management (SWM) sector, working with International Zero Waste Network and Wastepickers’ Organizations in India. Previously she has worked with Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), an international network of more than 800 organizations working towards environmental protection, sustainable development, and human rights; and SWaCH- a Pune based wastepickers’ cooperative. As a Country Coordinator for GAIA India, Pratibha supported the national zero waste movement through research and advocacy, knowledge sharing, and member connect. She specializes in designing, implementation and advocacy of decentralized zero waste systems with focus on recycling, informal sector inclusion and organics waste management. Pratibha is passionate about building multi-stakeholder, people-centric governance structures for SWM policy implementation and strengthening capacity of frontline Grassroots Communities and Urban Local Bodies. Through numerous public lectures, workshops, presentations and study tours,Pratibha has facilitated knowledge exchange for diverse stakeholder groups like Government Officials, International Delegates, Practitioners, Academicians, Citizens at various Regional and International platforms.Her interest areas include decentralized waste management, circular economy, labour rights and a range of issues at the intersection of gender equality, women’s rights and climate justice.

Pratibha Sharma (Mumbai, India) has over 7 years of experience in Solid Waste Management (SWM) sector, working with International Zero Waste Network and Wastepickers’ Organizations in India. Previously she has worked with Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), an international network of more than 800 organizations working towards environmental protection, sustainable development, and human rights; and SWaCH- a Pune based wastepickers’ cooperative. As a Country Coordinator for GAIA India, Pratibha supported the national zero waste movement through research and advocacy, knowledge sharing, and member connect. She specializes in designing, implementation and advocacy of decentralized zero waste systems with focus on recycling, informal sector inclusion and organics waste management. Pratibha is passionate about building multi-stakeholder, people-centric governance structures for SWM policy implementation and strengthening capacity of frontline Grassroots Communities and Urban Local Bodies. Through numerous public lectures, workshops, presentations and study tours,Pratibha has facilitated knowledge exchange for diverse stakeholder groups like Government Officials, International Delegates, Practitioners, Academicians, Citizens at various Regional and International platforms.Her interest areas include decentralized waste management, circular economy, labour rights and a range of issues at the intersection of gender equality, women’s rights and climate justice.


Shibu K. Nair  (Kerala, India) is a champion of Zero Waste in India, engaged in policy advocacy campaign for zero waste systems since 2000. Shibu started his career by volunteering with Thanal - environmental organization in Kerala – in 1991. He was awarded Zero Waste Fellowship by GAIA, co-hosted by Berkeley California’s Ecology Center in 2002. He was awarded Saathi Fellowship (2005-12) by Association for India’s Development for promotion of zero waste campaigns in India. He represented Thanal in UNEP, GAIA network and Break Free From Plastic movement. He is a member of Zero Waste International Alliance. He is engaged in providing technical support to communities, Local Governments, Cities and State Governments on zero waste systems. He is one of the mentors of Green Army - a platform of youth and students for zero waste and engaged in campaigns against single use plastics in Kerala. He was Programme Director – Zero Waste and Climate Action at Thanal till March 2019 and is now working as a freelance consultant on zero waste. Shibu lives in Kollam with his wife Manjusha and son Neeraj.

Shibu K. Nair (Kerala, India) is a champion of Zero Waste in India, engaged in policy advocacy campaign for zero waste systems since 2000. Shibu started his career by volunteering with Thanal - environmental organization in Kerala – in 1991. He was awarded Zero Waste Fellowship by GAIA, co-hosted by Berkeley California’s Ecology Center in 2002. He was awarded Saathi Fellowship (2005-12) by Association for India’s Development for promotion of zero waste campaigns in India. He represented Thanal in UNEP, GAIA network and Break Free From Plastic movement. He is a member of Zero Waste International Alliance. He is engaged in providing technical support to communities, Local Governments, Cities and State Governments on zero waste systems. He is one of the mentors of Green Army - a platform of youth and students for zero waste and engaged in campaigns against single use plastics in Kerala. He was Programme Director – Zero Waste and Climate Action at Thanal till March 2019 and is now working as a freelance consultant on zero waste. Shibu lives in Kollam with his wife Manjusha and son Neeraj.

Diane Wilson  (Calhoun County, Texas) is the Executive Director and Waterkeeper of San Antonio Bay Estuarine.  For 30 years Diane has fought Formosa’s wastewater discharge into Texas bays. For the last decade she has fought to stop Formosa Plastics Point Comfort plant from discharging illegal plastic pellets and powder into the bays. Since 2016, Diane and a group of dedicated former Formosa workers have collected over 2,500 pellet samples and 7,000 photos and videos documenting Formosa’s environmental pollution. In 2017, with the== help of Texas Riogrande Legal Aid (nonprofit legal aid), Diane filed a citizens Clean Water suit seeking penalties for Clean Water violations from Formosa and to cease their discharge and clean up the plastic pollution. In March 2019, the group went to federal court in Victoria, Texas and entered into evidence 30 large bins containing the samples. The judge ruled that Formosa was a “serial offender” with over 1800 days of violations. The group is still collecting samples and documenting the continued illegal releases after the first trial ended in March. The second trial begins October 28, 2019 to address penalties and how to cease the discharge and do cleanup and monitoring.

Diane Wilson (Calhoun County, Texas) is the Executive Director and Waterkeeper of San Antonio Bay Estuarine.

For 30 years Diane has fought Formosa’s wastewater discharge into Texas bays. For the last decade she has fought to stop Formosa Plastics Point Comfort plant from discharging illegal plastic pellets and powder into the bays. Since 2016, Diane and a group of dedicated former Formosa workers have collected over 2,500 pellet samples and 7,000 photos and videos documenting Formosa’s environmental pollution. In 2017, with the== help of Texas Riogrande Legal Aid (nonprofit legal aid), Diane filed a citizens Clean Water suit seeking penalties for Clean Water violations from Formosa and to cease their discharge and clean up the plastic pollution. In March 2019, the group went to federal court in Victoria, Texas and entered into evidence 30 large bins containing the samples. The judge ruled that Formosa was a “serial offender” with over 1800 days of violations. The group is still collecting samples and documenting the continued illegal releases after the first trial ended in March. The second trial begins October 28, 2019 to address penalties and how to cease the discharge and do cleanup and monitoring.

Emma Priestland  (London, England) is the Break Free From Plastic Corporate Campaign Coordinator. An early obsession with oceans led to a degree in Marine Biology and several years working as a scuba diving instructor in the Philippines. On returning to Europe, Emma worked to strengthen the European Union's protection of the oceans by advocating for stronger legislation with the environmental NGO Seas At Risk. Starting in 2012, she focused on marine plastic pollution when there was a very low awareness of the problem. Through campaigning and advocating for new laws, Emma was instrumental in drastically reducing the use of plastic bags across Europe. She also played an important role in passing legislation to ban single use plastic items across the continent. Emma has been involved in the Break Free From Plastic movement since the beginning, and is proud to work with activists from around the world to end the use of throw-away plastic.

Emma Priestland (London, England) is the Break Free From Plastic Corporate Campaign Coordinator. An early obsession with oceans led to a degree in Marine Biology and several years working as a scuba diving instructor in the Philippines. On returning to Europe, Emma worked to strengthen the European Union's protection of the oceans by advocating for stronger legislation with the environmental NGO Seas At Risk. Starting in 2012, she focused on marine plastic pollution when there was a very low awareness of the problem. Through campaigning and advocating for new laws, Emma was instrumental in drastically reducing the use of plastic bags across Europe. She also played an important role in passing legislation to ban single use plastic items across the continent. Emma has been involved in the Break Free From Plastic movement since the beginning, and is proud to work with activists from around the world to end the use of throw-away plastic.

Mao Da  (China) the director of Toxics-Free China and the policy advisor of China Zero Waste Alliance. He holds a PhD degree in environmental history. Over the past 10 years, he has been actively working with different environmental NGOs for their efforts to reduce pollutions of wastes and toxic chemicals, and promote environmental health. In the academic area, he has published a book on the history of waste disposal in the ocean in the United States and finished a post-doctorate report on the history of social debate on dioxin. Currently his work focuses more on the promotion of zero waste strategy, sound management of chemicals, and plastic pollution prevention.

Mao Da (China) the director of Toxics-Free China and the policy advisor of China Zero Waste Alliance. He holds a PhD degree in environmental history. Over the past 10 years, he has been actively working with different environmental NGOs for their efforts to reduce pollutions of wastes and toxic chemicals, and promote environmental health. In the academic area, he has published a book on the history of waste disposal in the ocean in the United States and finished a post-doctorate report on the history of social debate on dioxin. Currently his work focuses more on the promotion of zero waste strategy, sound management of chemicals, and plastic pollution prevention.

Prigi Arisandi  (Indonesia) grew up near the Surabaya River and remembers seeing it degrade when factories began operating in the region in the early 1980s. He spent much of his childhood exploring the river and went on to study biology and conservation. With a deep commitment to the communities living along the river, he founded Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation (Ecoton) while still at university. The organization set out to protect the water resources and wetlands ecosystems of Indonesia.  By 2011, Prigi had inspired thousands of people to become Surabaya’s advocates for river protection. He created the first experiential environmental education program in the region, educating the public through river tours that bring children and local residents closer to the river’s rich biodiversity and devastating pollution. Prigi’s River Detection Program, has been implemented in more than 50 schools, teaches children how to monitor the river’s water quality and report their findings to the government. Ecoton also developed a national school network for river protection that promotes student participation in water quality monitoring and is partnering with the East Java Provincial Education Agency to introduce environmental curricula in schools across the province.  In addition, Prigi has personally conducted regular investigations of waste dumping by industry operating on the river, helping to bring about unprecedented public reporting of the pollution activities and their impact on the health of the Surabaya River. In 2007, Arisandi and Ecoton sued East Java’s governor and the province’s environmental management agency for failing to control water pollution on the Surabaya River. In April 2008, the provincial court issued a precedent-setting environmental decision, ordering the governor to implement water-quality regulations targeted at industry operating along the Surabaya, establishing a maximum daily limit for toxic releases into the river as well as a monitoring system to ensure compliance. The lawsuit represents the first time in East Java that a governor has been taken to court to change government policy.  Prigi was a 2011 recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prizel.

Prigi Arisandi (Indonesia) grew up near the Surabaya River and remembers seeing it degrade when factories began operating in the region in the early 1980s. He spent much of his childhood exploring the river and went on to study biology and conservation. With a deep commitment to the communities living along the river, he founded Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation (Ecoton) while still at university. The organization set out to protect the water resources and wetlands ecosystems of Indonesia.

By 2011, Prigi had inspired thousands of people to become Surabaya’s advocates for river protection. He created the first experiential environmental education program in the region, educating the public through river tours that bring children and local residents closer to the river’s rich biodiversity and devastating pollution. Prigi’s River Detection Program, has been implemented in more than 50 schools, teaches children how to monitor the river’s water quality and report their findings to the government. Ecoton also developed a national school network for river protection that promotes student participation in water quality monitoring and is partnering with the East Java Provincial Education Agency to introduce environmental curricula in schools across the province.

In addition, Prigi has personally conducted regular investigations of waste dumping by industry operating on the river, helping to bring about unprecedented public reporting of the pollution activities and their impact on the health of the Surabaya River. In 2007, Arisandi and Ecoton sued East Java’s governor and the province’s environmental management agency for failing to control water pollution on the Surabaya River. In April 2008, the provincial court issued a precedent-setting environmental decision, ordering the governor to implement water-quality regulations targeted at industry operating along the Surabaya, establishing a maximum daily limit for toxic releases into the river as well as a monitoring system to ensure compliance. The lawsuit represents the first time in East Java that a governor has been taken to court to change government policy.

Prigi was a 2011 recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prizel.

Tiza Mafira  (Indonesia) is a law and public policy expert specializing in environmental law, waste management, and climate change policy. She holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Laws from Universitas Indonesia. Since 2013, she is co-founder and Executive Director of the Indonesia Plastic Bag Diet Movement (Gerakan Indonesia Diet Kantong Plastik), which pushes for less use of plastic bags in Indonesia through regulation and awareness. In 2018, she received mention as a UN Ocean Hero by United Nations Environment, for her work in successfully advocating for plastic bag bans in a number of cities across Indonesia. She also works at Climate Policy Initiative, a non-profit think tank and advisory organization focused on public policy related to land use and energy transitions. Prior to this she worked for six years as a corporate attorney in Jakarta-based law firm, Makarim & Taira S., where she specialized in natural resources and forestry law. She has also worked at McKinsey & Co., the Boston-based environmental group CERES, and the Office of the Special Staff of the President for International Affairs during President Yudhoyono’s first term.

Tiza Mafira (Indonesia) is a law and public policy expert specializing in environmental law, waste management, and climate change policy. She holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Laws from Universitas Indonesia. Since 2013, she is co-founder and Executive Director of the Indonesia Plastic Bag Diet Movement (Gerakan Indonesia Diet Kantong Plastik), which pushes for less use of plastic bags in Indonesia through regulation and awareness. In 2018, she received mention as a UN Ocean Hero by United Nations Environment, for her work in successfully advocating for plastic bag bans in a number of cities across Indonesia. She also works at Climate Policy Initiative, a non-profit think tank and advisory organization focused on public policy related to land use and energy transitions. Prior to this she worked for six years as a corporate attorney in Jakarta-based law firm, Makarim & Taira S., where she specialized in natural resources and forestry law. She has also worked at McKinsey & Co., the Boston-based environmental group CERES, and the Office of the Special Staff of the President for International Affairs during President Yudhoyono’s first term.

Delphine Alvares  (Belgium) is the European coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic movement. She has been a driving force behind the development of the movement’s holistic strategy, linking to the broader global movement. She has played a central role in the foundation of the movement since its inception in 2016, uniting more than 80 European organizations under a common vision. Since 2017, Delphine is also the coordinator of the Rethink Plastic alliance, the Brussels based, policy coalition working on plastic pollution issues across the European Union, and which played a crucial role securing ambitious legislation on single-use plastics at the European level. Delphine is based out of Zero Waste Europe which leads the way in connecting the growing zero waste movement to the work of Break Free From Plastic. Prior to her role with the Break Free From Plastic movement she held a number of senior policy roles advocating for zero waste strategies at the national and European level. Additionally she lectured in advocacy at the University of Marne-la-Vallée and in 2014 Delphine co-authored the book ‘The Zero Waste Scenario’.

Delphine Alvares (Belgium) is the European coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic movement. She has been a driving force behind the development of the movement’s holistic strategy, linking to the broader global movement. She has played a central role in the foundation of the movement since its inception in 2016, uniting more than 80 European organizations under a common vision. Since 2017, Delphine is also the coordinator of the Rethink Plastic alliance, the Brussels based, policy coalition working on plastic pollution issues across the European Union, and which played a crucial role securing ambitious legislation on single-use plastics at the European level. Delphine is based out of Zero Waste Europe which leads the way in connecting the growing zero waste movement to the work of Break Free From Plastic. Prior to her role with the Break Free From Plastic movement she held a number of senior policy roles advocating for zero waste strategies at the national and European level. Additionally she lectured in advocacy at the University of Marne-la-Vallée and in 2014 Delphine co-authored the book ‘The Zero Waste Scenario’.

Froilan Grate  (Manila, Philippines) is an environmental educator and volunteer at heart. He currently works as the Executive Director of GAIA Philippines and as the Asia Pacific Coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. He is also the President of Mother Earth Foundation, an NGO working with cities and municipalities in the Philippines on building Zero Waste systems, as well as Chairman of Add Up! Volunteers, a group he founded in 2003 with the goal of engaging the youth in active nation building. He was also recently elected as the next private sector representative/ Commissioner to the National Solid Waste Management Commission.

Froilan Grate (Manila, Philippines) is an environmental educator and volunteer at heart. He currently works as the Executive Director of GAIA Philippines and as the Asia Pacific Coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. He is also the President of Mother Earth Foundation, an NGO working with cities and municipalities in the Philippines on building Zero Waste systems, as well as Chairman of Add Up! Volunteers, a group he founded in 2003 with the goal of engaging the youth in active nation building. He was also recently elected as the next private sector representative/ Commissioner to the National Solid Waste Management Commission.

Martin Bourque  (California, United States) is committed to sparking change within the environmental and social justice landscape in order to keep the movement fresh, dynamic, and forward thinking. He thrives at the intersection of community movement building, policy development and program implementation. Since 2000, Martin has led the Ecology Center, a community-based organization founded in 1969 and incorporated on Earth Day in 1970. Under Martin's leadership, the Ecology Center has become a high impact engine for change. Martin has spearheaded innovative efforts such as creating a farmers’ market industry group, pioneering electronic food stamp access and incentives at farmers’ markets statewide, and passing the nation’s first Soda Tax.  Martin's previous experience includes promoting sustainable, organic agriculture in Central America, supporting food justice for low-income communities, and fighting policies that allow dangerous pesticide-sprays in urban areas. He has served on the Community Food and Justice Coalition Advisory Committee, The Grassroots Recycling Network Board and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board (StopWaste).  Martin earned a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and Environmental Policy from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior from UC San Diego.

Martin Bourque (California, United States) is committed to sparking change within the environmental and social justice landscape in order to keep the movement fresh, dynamic, and forward thinking. He thrives at the intersection of community movement building, policy development and program implementation. Since 2000, Martin has led the Ecology Center, a community-based organization founded in 1969 and incorporated on Earth Day in 1970. Under Martin's leadership, the Ecology Center has become a high impact engine for change. Martin has spearheaded innovative efforts such as creating a farmers’ market industry group, pioneering electronic food stamp access and incentives at farmers’ markets statewide, and passing the nation’s first Soda Tax.

Martin's previous experience includes promoting sustainable, organic agriculture in Central America, supporting food justice for low-income communities, and fighting policies that allow dangerous pesticide-sprays in urban areas. He has served on the Community Food and Justice Coalition Advisory Committee, The Grassroots Recycling Network Board and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board (StopWaste).

Martin earned a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and Environmental Policy from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior from UC San Diego.

Priscilla Villa-Watt  (Texas, United State) is the Petrochemical Campaigner at Earthworks, a non-profit environmental organization based in Washington, DC. She joined Earthworks in 2016 after receiving her Master’s in Applied Anthropology from the University of North Texas. Her work is focused on providing community members impacted by oil and gas development with the tools to study and advocate for better air quality. She also serves as Earthworks' Latin American liaison where she's formed networks and led workshops to support international partners in anti-fracking campaigns. Most recently, she's helped develop Earthworks' role in the global Break Free From Plastic movement to help develop strategies to prevent more plastics’ production in the Gulf South and Appalachia. She is currently based out of Houston, Texas, one of the top most plastic producing regions in the world.

Priscilla Villa-Watt (Texas, United State) is the Petrochemical Campaigner at Earthworks, a non-profit environmental organization based in Washington, DC. She joined Earthworks in 2016 after receiving her Master’s in Applied Anthropology from the University of North Texas. Her work is focused on providing community members impacted by oil and gas development with the tools to study and advocate for better air quality. She also serves as Earthworks' Latin American liaison where she's formed networks and led workshops to support international partners in anti-fracking campaigns. Most recently, she's helped develop Earthworks' role in the global Break Free From Plastic movement to help develop strategies to prevent more plastics’ production in the Gulf South and Appalachia. She is currently based out of Houston, Texas, one of the top most plastic producing regions in the world.

Von Hernandez  (Manila, Philippines) is a multi-awarded Filipino environmental activist who has been campaigning on waste and toxics pollution for more than 25 years. He is the Global Coordinator of the global Break Free from Plastic Movement, consisting of more than 8,000 groups and individual supporters worldwide, which have come together to reverse the plastic pollution crisis. Before his current assignment, Von was Global Development Director of Greenpeace International where he oversaw the development and performance of Greenpeace’s national and regional offices worldwide. He also served as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA), where he led some of the group’s most successful campaigns and programs in Southeast Asia. He co-founded and spearheaded various environmental coalitions and partnerships at the national,regional, and global levels including the Ecowaste Coalition in the Philippines, Waste Not Asia, and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). In 2003, he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work, which led to the first national ban on waste incineration. Von also gained recognition from Time magazine as one of the Heroes for the Environment in 2007. He holds a Masters degree in Public Management from the National University of Singapore.

Von Hernandez (Manila, Philippines) is a multi-awarded Filipino environmental activist who has been campaigning on waste and toxics pollution for more than 25 years. He is the Global Coordinator of the global Break Free from Plastic Movement, consisting of more than 8,000 groups and individual supporters worldwide, which have come together to reverse the plastic pollution crisis. Before his current assignment, Von was Global Development Director of Greenpeace International where he oversaw the development and performance of Greenpeace’s national and regional offices worldwide. He also served as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA), where he led some of the group’s most successful campaigns and programs in Southeast Asia. He co-founded and spearheaded various environmental coalitions and partnerships at the national,regional, and global levels including the Ecowaste Coalition in the Philippines, Waste Not Asia, and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). In 2003, he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work, which led to the first national ban on waste incineration. Von also gained recognition from Time magazine as one of the Heroes for the Environment in 2007. He holds a Masters degree in Public Management from the National University of Singapore.

Yvette Arellano  (Texas, United States) is a powerhouse organizer and emerging leader from Houston dedicated to the causes of environmental and racial justice. She serves as a policy research and grassroots advocate with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services. In 2015, they led the campaign against H.R. 702, which opened the floodgates to U.S. crude oil exports. Yvette represented the Gulf South and T.e.j.a.s at the United Nations COP21 in Paris. They were instrumental in the joint 2016 publication Double Jeopardy in Houston and Air Toxics and Health in the Houston Community of Manchester between the Union of Concerned Scientists and T.e.j.a.s, revealing deep environmental injustice the belly of the beast, Houston. In 2018, Yvette was recognized with the GreenLatinos Emerging Leader Award. Her most recent contribution can be read in Plastic and Health: The Hidden Cost of a Plastic Planet highlighting Tejas’ focus on human health impacts of petrochemicals involved in plastics production, chemical clusters, risk of accidents and the lack of community engagement and access to information. Throughout her work, Yvette strives to emphasize that access to clean water, air, land, and food is a fundamental human right best pursued through vigorous intersectional thinking and organizing. She has testified before the House and Energy

Yvette Arellano (Texas, United States) is a powerhouse organizer and emerging leader from Houston dedicated to the causes of environmental and racial justice. She serves as a policy research and grassroots advocate with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services. In 2015, they led the campaign against H.R. 702, which opened the floodgates to U.S. crude oil exports. Yvette represented the Gulf South and T.e.j.a.s at the United Nations COP21 in Paris. They were instrumental in the joint 2016 publication Double Jeopardy in Houston and Air Toxics and Health in the Houston Community of Manchester between the Union of Concerned Scientists and T.e.j.a.s, revealing deep environmental injustice the belly of the beast, Houston. In 2018, Yvette was recognized with the GreenLatinos Emerging Leader Award. Her most recent contribution can be read in Plastic and Health: The Hidden Cost of a Plastic Planet highlighting Tejas’ focus on human health impacts of petrochemicals involved in plastics production, chemical clusters, risk of accidents and the lack of community engagement and access to information. Throughout her work, Yvette strives to emphasize that access to clean water, air, land, and food is a fundamental human right best pursued through vigorous intersectional thinking and organizing. She has testified before the House and Energy

Meet the Crew

Deia Schlosberg (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER)  made national news in October, 2016, when she was arrested and charged with 45 years' worth of felonies for filming the #ShutItDown pipeline protest in North Dakota. Deia produced Josh Fox's climate change film,  How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change  (Sundance/HBO). Deia also co-produced  Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock  (Tribeca/Netflix), and  The Reluctant Radical  (2018). Deia also co-directed and produced  Cold Love . Her short film,  Backyard , a look at the human impacts of fracking, won two student Emmys (Best Documentary, Bricker Humanitarian Award).

Deia Schlosberg (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) made national news in October, 2016, when she was arrested and charged with 45 years' worth of felonies for filming the #ShutItDown pipeline protest in North Dakota. Deia produced Josh Fox's climate change film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (Sundance/HBO). Deia also co-produced Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock (Tribeca/Netflix), and The Reluctant Radical (2018). Deia also co-directed and produced Cold Love. Her short film, Backyard, a look at the human impacts of fracking, won two student Emmys (Best Documentary, Bricker Humanitarian Award).

Stiv Wilson (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/PRODUCER)  is a waste and plastic pollution expert who is frequently asked to speak on solutions to the vexing inefficiencies in the materials economy all over the world. He’s created and led several campaigns to victory: from plastic bags bans, to plastic microbeads, to plastic water bottles at the state, national and international level. He has sailed over 35,000 nautical miles to four of the five oceanic ‘garbage patches,’ documenting and communicating maritime plastic pollution firsthand through publications, multi-media, and film.

Stiv Wilson (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/PRODUCER) is a waste and plastic pollution expert who is frequently asked to speak on solutions to the vexing inefficiencies in the materials economy all over the world. He’s created and led several campaigns to victory: from plastic bags bans, to plastic microbeads, to plastic water bottles at the state, national and international level. He has sailed over 35,000 nautical miles to four of the five oceanic ‘garbage patches,’ documenting and communicating maritime plastic pollution firsthand through publications, multi-media, and film.

Mike McCready (COMPOSER)  is a musician, composer and activist. He is the lead guitarist and founding member of GRAMMY winning rock band Pearl Jam. McCready was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. McCready was also honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares, for his commitment to helping others in the addiction recovery process. More recently he and his fellow bandmates raised over $10.8 million dollars to help combat homelessness. He has also been a member of Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, The Rockfords and Levee Walkers. Additionally, McCready plays with friends in Flight to Mars, a UFO tribute band that hosts charity events for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's Camp Oasis program and the Jennifer Jaff Care Line. When not performing live, McCready scores TV and film projects which have included The Glamour & the Squalor, Shameless, Fat Kid Rules the World, Hawaii Five-O, We Bought A Zoo, Horrible Bosses, and Fringe. In 2013, McCready founded Hockeytalkter Records, a small vinyl record label and media outlet specializing in limited edition 7-inch singles with releases from Brandi Carlile, Star Anna, Danny Newcomb, and the debut release from Seattle's Thunderpussy. McCready recently released his debut photo book release, Of Potato Heads and Polaroids.

Mike McCready (COMPOSER) is a musician, composer and activist. He is the lead guitarist and founding member of GRAMMY winning rock band Pearl Jam. McCready was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. McCready was also honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares, for his commitment to helping others in the addiction recovery process. More recently he and his fellow bandmates raised over $10.8 million dollars to help combat homelessness. He has also been a member of Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, The Rockfords and Levee Walkers. Additionally, McCready plays with friends in Flight to Mars, a UFO tribute band that hosts charity events for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's Camp Oasis program and the Jennifer Jaff Care Line. When not performing live, McCready scores TV and film projects which have included The Glamour & the Squalor, Shameless, Fat Kid Rules the World, Hawaii Five-O, We Bought A Zoo, Horrible Bosses, and Fringe. In 2013, McCready founded Hockeytalkter Records, a small vinyl record label and media outlet specializing in limited edition 7-inch singles with releases from Brandi Carlile, Star Anna, Danny Newcomb, and the debut release from Seattle's Thunderpussy. McCready recently released his debut photo book release, Of Potato Heads and Polaroids.

Megan Ponder (PRODUCER)  is an independent consultant specializing in the rapidly evolving waste and recycling sector. Megan’s work is focused on plastic waste including regulatory policy, plastics production, and global recycling systems and trends. Previously, Megan worked on waste and recycling policy and programs for the City of Portland and served as the mayor’s sustainability coordinator. She has worked extensively with stakeholders representing government, industry, and community perspectives on waste and recycling.

Megan Ponder (PRODUCER) is an independent consultant specializing in the rapidly evolving waste and recycling sector. Megan’s work is focused on plastic waste including regulatory policy, plastics production, and global recycling systems and trends. Previously, Megan worked on waste and recycling policy and programs for the City of Portland and served as the mayor’s sustainability coordinator. She has worked extensively with stakeholders representing government, industry, and community perspectives on waste and recycling.

Ruben DeLuna (DIRECTOR OF ANIMATION)  is a visual storyteller who's specialized in animation for web and broadcast since 2005. Though he’s best known as the animation director for the viral web series "The Story of Stuff", Ruben’s also created animated content for non-profit organizations, political campaigns, and socially responsible businesses – like The North Face, Patagonia, Autodesk, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Bill Nye Saves the World, The Alliance for Climate Education, NASA, WWF, Greenpeace, American Red Cross, The Linux Foundation, and Columbia University. Ruben was Animation Director/Creative Director for ten years at Free Range Studios in Oakland, CA. In 2015, he formed Ruben DeLuna Creative, a full-service studio specializing in animation production, where he continues to collaborate with folks doing good work in the world. He currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife and two kids.

Ruben DeLuna (DIRECTOR OF ANIMATION) is a visual storyteller who's specialized in animation for web and broadcast since 2005. Though he’s best known as the animation director for the viral web series "The Story of Stuff", Ruben’s also created animated content for non-profit organizations, political campaigns, and socially responsible businesses – like The North Face, Patagonia, Autodesk, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Bill Nye Saves the World, The Alliance for Climate Education, NASA, WWF, Greenpeace, American Red Cross, The Linux Foundation, and Columbia University. Ruben was Animation Director/Creative Director for ten years at Free Range Studios in Oakland, CA. In 2015, he formed Ruben DeLuna Creative, a full-service studio specializing in animation production, where he continues to collaborate with folks doing good work in the world. He currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife and two kids.

Melissa Lesh (CINEMATOGRAPHER ) is an award-winning director, editor and cinematographer. In 2014 she founded Emerging Earth Films as a way to bridge the arts and sciences, focusing on natural history and conservation stories. Partnering with National Geographic, she is the director and editor of PERSON OF THE FOREST, a short film depicting newly discovered cultural behaviors in wild orangutans. Since the films premiere it has screened at over 35 festivals, viewed more than a million times via National Geographic online platforms and has received a Vimeo Staff Pick. More recently, Lesh has contributed cinematography to the feature length film THE STORY OF PLASTIC and is currently filming for BOOTSTRAPS, a Kartemquin supported documentary series highlighting income inequality in American. Additionally, she has filmed for clients such as PBS, National Geographic Magazine, Nat Geo Wild and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Lesh is a 2019 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee. Born in Mumbai, India and having grown up in Madison, Wisconsin, she now calls Richmond, Virginia home.

Melissa Lesh (CINEMATOGRAPHER) is an award-winning director, editor and cinematographer. In 2014 she founded Emerging Earth Films as a way to bridge the arts and sciences, focusing on natural history and conservation stories. Partnering with National Geographic, she is the director and editor of PERSON OF THE FOREST, a short film depicting newly discovered cultural behaviors in wild orangutans. Since the films premiere it has screened at over 35 festivals, viewed more than a million times via National Geographic online platforms and has received a Vimeo Staff Pick. More recently, Lesh has contributed cinematography to the feature length film THE STORY OF PLASTIC and is currently filming for BOOTSTRAPS, a Kartemquin supported documentary series highlighting income inequality in American. Additionally, she has filmed for clients such as PBS, National Geographic Magazine, Nat Geo Wild and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Lesh is a 2019 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee. Born in Mumbai, India and having grown up in Madison, Wisconsin, she now calls Richmond, Virginia home.

Kyle Cadotte (CO-PRODUCER/PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR)  produced #ClimateRevolution, a concert series sponsored by NextGen America, produced AWAKE, A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK (Tribeca/NETFLIX), and BOOTSTRAPS a docuseries in partnership with Academy Award winning Kartemquin FIlms. Kyle has managed a variety of production companies; including Josh Fox's Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning International WOW Company and Annie Hamburger's OBIE and Drama Desk winning En Garde Arts. Kyle holds an MFA in Management and Producing from Columbia University.

Kyle Cadotte (CO-PRODUCER/PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR) produced #ClimateRevolution, a concert series sponsored by NextGen America, produced AWAKE, A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK (Tribeca/NETFLIX), and BOOTSTRAPS a docuseries in partnership with Academy Award winning Kartemquin FIlms. Kyle has managed a variety of production companies; including Josh Fox's Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning International WOW Company and Annie Hamburger's OBIE and Drama Desk winning En Garde Arts. Kyle holds an MFA in Management and Producing from Columbia University.

TONY HALE (WRITER/EDITOR)  is a documentary editor and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. As a kid, Tony discovered a joy for editing while making music by recording percussion and mixing it with found sounds. Years later, while pursuing a Mathematics degree at Boston College and working at a media lab at Harvard University, he rediscovered that passion in film editing. Now, having worked as a documentary film editor since 2005, he continues to enjoy exploring the transformative process of editing as a way to bring the power of non-fiction stories to life. Tony’s feature-length editing work includes award-winning documentaries A WILL FOR THE WOODS(2014, co-editor/co-director), CHARGED: The Eduardo Garcia Story (2017), and AFGHAN CYCLES (2018). In addition to winning awards at festivals such as Full Frame and Seattle International, his films have screened at Hot Docs, AFI DOCS, Mountainfilm, Camden, and many more; played nationally on PBS and Al Jazeera America; and been centered in educational and grassroots screening campaigns. His short film work includes several environmental justice and conservation documentaries, an Emmy-winning TV special, and films published by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

TONY HALE (WRITER/EDITOR) is a documentary editor and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. As a kid, Tony discovered a joy for editing while making music by recording percussion and mixing it with found sounds. Years later, while pursuing a Mathematics degree at Boston College and working at a media lab at Harvard University, he rediscovered that passion in film editing. Now, having worked as a documentary film editor since 2005, he continues to enjoy exploring the transformative process of editing as a way to bring the power of non-fiction stories to life. Tony’s feature-length editing work includes award-winning documentaries A WILL FOR THE WOODS(2014, co-editor/co-director), CHARGED: The Eduardo Garcia Story (2017), and AFGHAN CYCLES (2018). In addition to winning awards at festivals such as Full Frame and Seattle International, his films have screened at Hot Docs, AFI DOCS, Mountainfilm, Camden, and many more; played nationally on PBS and Al Jazeera America; and been centered in educational and grassroots screening campaigns. His short film work includes several environmental justice and conservation documentaries, an Emmy-winning TV special, and films published by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

Coralie Charriol (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)  daughter of Philippe Charriol, is currently Vice President and Creative Director for jewelry and leather goods at CHARRIOL, the Swiss luxury marquee created by her father in 1983. Coralie lives in New York City with her husband and 3 young children. She was born in Hawaii and has since lived in Hong Kong, Geneva, London, Paris, and Boston. She speaks 5 languages and loves to travel as much as possible. To date, she has designed nearly 100 different collections of leather goods and jewelry for her family’s business. If this wasn’t enough, she started a nonprofit called REACT to FILM with her husband which engages in research and curriculum development for Middle and High Schools, providing them with educational resources and support for courses on social issues through documentary films. REACT to FILM allows schools to educate on a spectrum of social ailments from the psychosocial effects of war on nutrition, gun policy to gender inequity, conflict mediation to homelessness. Their goal is to promote social responsibility and spark civic engagement. This Spring, Coralie will be honored by the French American Fund for her outstanding contributions through React to Film towards educating and improving the lives of young adults and children. The award will be called “children come first” and her organization, React to Film, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year.

Coralie Charriol (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) daughter of Philippe Charriol, is currently Vice President and Creative Director for jewelry and leather goods at CHARRIOL, the Swiss luxury marquee created by her father in 1983. Coralie lives in New York City with her husband and 3 young children. She was born in Hawaii and has since lived in Hong Kong, Geneva, London, Paris, and Boston. She speaks 5 languages and loves to travel as much as possible. To date, she has designed nearly 100 different collections of leather goods and jewelry for her family’s business. If this wasn’t enough, she started a nonprofit called REACT to FILM with her husband which engages in research and curriculum development for Middle and High Schools, providing them with educational resources and support for courses on social issues through documentary films. REACT to FILM allows schools to educate on a spectrum of social ailments from the psychosocial effects of war on nutrition, gun policy to gender inequity, conflict mediation to homelessness. Their goal is to promote social responsibility and spark civic engagement. This Spring, Coralie will be honored by the French American Fund for her outstanding contributions through React to Film towards educating and improving the lives of young adults and children. The award will be called “children come first” and her organization, React to Film, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year.

Seven McDonald (CO-PRODUCER)  is a producer, celebrity strategist and award-winning journalist. She served as National Celebrity Outreach on Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential campaign and produces live events, including the #ClimateRevolution, featuring Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley and Ed Begley Jr. and the We Rock With Standing Rock concert featuring Fiona Apple, TV on the Radio and Patricia Arquette. She was Press/Media Field Operations for Wes Clark Jr. and Veterans Stand For Standing Rock during their historic mobilization to Standing Rock in 2016, handled press and marketing for Josh Fox’s AWAKE, A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK(Tribeca/Netflix) and advised the Oil Money Out, People Power In campaign in California. She secured talent for events at the Democratic National Convention, including Kesha for Gabby Gifford’s American for Responsible Solutions, advocates for Fight For The Future’s Net Neutrality campaign and talent for The People’s State of the Union.

Seven McDonald (CO-PRODUCER) is a producer, celebrity strategist and award-winning journalist. She served as National Celebrity Outreach on Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential campaign and produces live events, including the #ClimateRevolution, featuring Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley and Ed Begley Jr. and the We Rock With Standing Rock concert featuring Fiona Apple, TV on the Radio and Patricia Arquette. She was Press/Media Field Operations for Wes Clark Jr. and Veterans Stand For Standing Rock during their historic mobilization to Standing Rock in 2016, handled press and marketing for Josh Fox’s AWAKE, A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK(Tribeca/Netflix) and advised the Oil Money Out, People Power In campaign in California. She secured talent for events at the Democratic National Convention, including Kesha for Gabby Gifford’s American for Responsible Solutions, advocates for Fight For The Future’s Net Neutrality campaign and talent for The People’s State of the Union.

Brian Wilson (WRITER/EDITOR)  cut his teeth in film and video 20 years ago, editing long-form biographical documentaries for Lifetime Television as well as news and cultural reports for Canal Plus Spain and art films for exhibition at prominent galleries. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature and History and is based in Brooklyn, NY. The 2014 feature documentary he co-directed and co-edited, A WILL FOR THE WOODS, tells the story of a North Carolina man with terminal lymphoma who is determined to receive a natural burial and help save a tract of local woods from being clear-cut. The film won nine awards on the festival circuit, aired on PBS and WORLD Channel stations throughout the US, and is currently being used worldwide to inspire holistic approaches to the end of life that help restore and maintain natural areas. Brian has been honored to further the goals of numerous organizations through his editing on many shorter films, from supporting NYC public school children to responding to sea level rise to building awareness and community in the struggle against the fossil fuel industry in the Southwestern US.

Brian Wilson (WRITER/EDITOR) cut his teeth in film and video 20 years ago, editing long-form biographical documentaries for Lifetime Television as well as news and cultural reports for Canal Plus Spain and art films for exhibition at prominent galleries. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature and History and is based in Brooklyn, NY. The 2014 feature documentary he co-directed and co-edited, A WILL FOR THE WOODS, tells the story of a North Carolina man with terminal lymphoma who is determined to receive a natural burial and help save a tract of local woods from being clear-cut. The film won nine awards on the festival circuit, aired on PBS and WORLD Channel stations throughout the US, and is currently being used worldwide to inspire holistic approaches to the end of life that help restore and maintain natural areas. Brian has been honored to further the goals of numerous organizations through his editing on many shorter films, from supporting NYC public school children to responding to sea level rise to building awareness and community in the struggle against the fossil fuel industry in the Southwestern US.