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HuGS challenges idea of ‘disposable’ plastic

HuGS challenges idea of ‘disposable’ plastic



UOW Human Geography Society (HuGS) hosted a sold-out film screening event that brought to light the impact of plastic on our oceans last Wednesday at UOW.

The screening of the documentary A Plastic Ocean (2016) was part of a global awareness campaign run by The Plastic Oceans Foundation to highlight the effects of plastic waste in our ocean and the common perception that plastic is ‘disposable’.

Over 150 students, staff and locals attended the club’s official launch/ morning tea which also provided students and staff an environment to build connections within UOW’s new Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities.

The free event involved a screening of the documentary, a Q & A panel with representatives from local organisations and stalls hosted by Australian Seabird Rescue Inc, Boomerang Alliance, ORRCA, Surfrider Foundation UOW, The Source Bulk Foods Bowral, Wollongong City Council and Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research. 

The morning tea provided a sociable atmosphere with a number of first-year undergraduate students commenting that the event gave them the opportunity to meet other geography students in their cohort. Students in the latter part of their undergrad degrees also mentioned that they were able to speak to students undertaking honours and post-graduate studies about the possibility of further study.

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