Curbing Our Plastic Problem
“Plastic Paradise,” which critics have called “thoughtful” and “chilling,” has received a warm reception at film festivals and has already won several awards. Earlier this month, Sun was honored with the CALI Award for her work on the documentary. The CALI is awarded to “inspiring, awesome people who are creating positive change.” Sun says she has been encouraged by the reaction from critics and the reception from the public. At screenings, viewers can sign pledges to give up plastic — a step toward curbing the problem.
“The most encouraging thing has been the feedback from young people who have seen it and are taking action,” she says. “They’re writing their mayors, trying to change the world. That is what pushes me forward.”
Her next steps are to team with individuals and organizations who are committed to changing the world and help spread more awareness about the plastic problem.
“I hope to raise awareness and for people to be affected by it. From there, I want to see social change,” she says. “I can’t personally do it from a legislation perspective, but there are people who can do it. But if I can help enable making them aware of this, that’s the starting point.”
By showing the repercussions of our actions, she is hopeful that she can spark change.
“When you are out there, you realize how tiny you are but what a big impact you have on the world by your daily habits,” she says. “I hope this shows people how important it is to protect the playground.”