Levine to Speak at ‘Straws’ Screening in Seminole
Philip Levine, a candidate for Florida governor, is scheduled to speak at tonight’s Environmental Movie Night at the Studio Movie Grill in Seminole.
The event will include opening remarks from Levine, the screening of the documentary Straws, and a panel conversation about the harm of straws and single-use plastics to our oceans. This event is designed to help promote a positive environmental vision for local communities and small businesses.
Levine will speak briefly, followed by the movie screening and panel discussion, which will include St. Petersburg City Council Member Gina Driscoll and former state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald, D-Sarasota.
Straws is an award-winning, short film directed by Linda Booker and narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins that leaves audiences with an understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution. It seeks to empower individuals to be part of the solution. According to the filmmakers, it’s estimated that, every day 500,000,000-plus plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the No. 5 most found litter item on beaches. They’re non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.
Levine is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. Straws will be screened at 6:30 p.m. The panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. The Studio Movie Grill is located in the Seminole City Center (the site of the former Seminole Mall), 7718 113th St. N.
Photo shows, from left, Philip Levine, Gina Driscoll, Keith Fitzgerald.
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