Just in time for #worldoceansday, the #GreatGarbageChase returns!
In 1976, beach wash ups of marine debris and garbage occurred along the south shore of Long Island from Rockaway Beach to Shinnecock Inlet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Marine Ecosystems Analysis Project commissioned the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium to create the slideshow aimed at an audience of elementary students from kindergarten to 5th grade that highlighted the problem of marine debris and the mechanisms for how the NY Bight area suffered from these beach wash ups. That slideshow was recorded on video and served as the first version of "The Great Garbage Chase."
Following the 1987/88 wash ups in New Jersey and New York, NY Sea Grant, EPA Clean Streets/Clean Beaches Program, Jersey City Clean Communities, and Marine Sciences Research Center's (MSRC) Waste Management Institute (WMI) funded a remake of the slide show as a video with new art work. This was done in conjunction with a poster designed for subway cars that is known as "We're Waiting for a Ride." The artwork was created by Dana Lamont. The voices in the video are Stony Brook University/MSRC graduates Anne West-Valle and Max Stribe. Max was still a student, Anne worked for WMI. It was our intention to also have the voices done in Spanish but Anne moved before we did that. In the video, the little boy is the son of faculty Mary Scranton and Roger Flood.
Recently, Stony Brook University / School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences student Emily Markowitz worked with the SBU Library Preservation Department to have the video digitized. Emily, the Marine Sciences Club president, was working with the club on an outreach initiative to teach elementary and middle school students about plastic pollution in the ocean.
While the original production is nearly four decades old, the problem of marine debris still exists and has in fact gotten worse as society has become more and more dependent on plastics. This film is a still relevant today.
Written by Ruth Folit
Edited and Produced by Marci L. Bortman and R.L. Swanson
Illustrations by Dana Lamont
Photography by Stacey Trimble and R.L. Swanson
Voices by Anne West-Valle and Max Strieb
Audio Engineering by Dave Erlich / WUSB Stony Brook
Audio Post Production by Brian Unger
1st Edition Sponsored by:
NOAA / OMPA / NEO
New York Sea Grant
New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium
2nd Edition Sponsored by:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Waste Management Institute
Marine Sciences Research Center at Stony Brook University