When we launched our Plastic Free Greece initiative, Hara Stavrianopoulou, a civil engineer, was one of the first to say she wanted to organise a screening of A PLASTIC OCEAN at a community centre in Kalamata. To introduce the film and how relevant the topic is to their sea-side city, she and the other volunteers who helped organise the event, showed pictures of plastic that had washed up on Kalamata beach and they placed pieces of plastic trash on the seats to welcome every person in the audience. The discussion following the screening was enriched by Yana Volkova, a Ukrainian architect-activist who runs a "Trash Art" class at the centre, transforming trash into art, and Yann Louault, a French national who works in biotechnology and has studied marine plastic pollution. The other volunteers who helped organise the event are Fotini Arapi, Sophia Kostea, Evi Chronopoulou, Sophia Konstantinea and Giannis Petropoulos.
The audience, which included some teachers of local schools, resolved to organise more screenings at schools in the Kalamata area and to organise simultaneous beach cleanups to coincide with Aegean Rebreath's underwater cleanup of Kalamata Bay on December 2-3. If you are in Kalamata on those days, please join them!