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The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) will be hosting a screening of the film Vitamin Sea next week along with the chance to meet Cal Major, the star of the show, who completed a world record stand up paddle board expedition from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Vitamin Sea documents Cal’s journey in the summer of 2018 and the 80-minute film also focuses on community action around plastic pollution, the need to reconnect to nature in order to drive a desire to protect it, and the importance of time in nature for mental health.
The film was made by award-winning photographer and film-maker, James Appleton and shows off the UK in all its beauty. However, as well as detailing the adventure, the underlying messages are a big focus of the film. There is a focus on plastic pollution, and the positive things happening in the UK to tackle them. But also a focus on one of the most important lessons Cal learnt during the expedition – people protect what they love.
Cal said: ‘Without that connection to our natural world, we can’t hope for people to want to protect it. There’s another twist in the tale too. In a time and society where mental health problems are running rife, anxiety and depression on the rise, and suicide is tearing peoples’ lives apart, could reconnecting to nature be the answer? We are increasingly frazzled, increasingly disconnected from our natural world, and what it means to be a human as a part of it. Scientific research is proving that being amongst nature, particularly around water, is beneficial for our mental health. Cal strongly believes the two are connected – if we can reconnect to nature, appreciate what it means to us and our wellbeing, we’re more likely to want to protect it.’
Cal undertook this challenge because she is ‘really passionate about plastic pollution and talking to people about the positive solutions to help tackle it’. In the film, it becomes apparent that plastic pollution is prolific in certain areas of the UK. Cal said: ‘In one morning, I counted 691 plastic bottles, just in the first hour of paddling.’ She also explained that she wanted the expedition to ‘highlight the plastic found along the length of the UK, but also to look at all the amazing, incredible stuff that individuals and communities are doing to help tackle it.’
Cal visited Arran during her journey and her documentary features a 10-minute segment on the work of COAST and Arran Eco Savvy who are both working to prevent plastic pollution in our seas.
The screening of Vitamin Sea will take place at the Arran Community Theatre, Lamlash, on Tuesday September 10, at 7.15pm, with an opportunity for a Q&A session with Cal after the showing.
Entrance is free however donations on the door will be gratefully received and will be split between The Vitamin Sea Project and COAST. To book please register your interest by visiting www.arrancoast.com/whats-on
The poster for the film Vitamin Sea. No_B36vitamin01