ROCKPORT — On Sunday, April 24, at 4 p.m., the Rockport Conservation Commission, along with movie sponsor Maine Conservation Voters, present a free community screening at the Rockport Opera House of “The Story of Plastic,” an Emmy-winning feature-length documentary, followed by a panel discussion with local environmentalists moderated by State Rep. Vicki Doudera, Maine State Lead for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators.

“The Story of Plastic” is a seething exposé uncovering the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis. Striking footage shot over three continents illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash; rivers and seas clogged with waste; and skies choked with the poisonous runoff from plastic production and recycling processes with no end in sight.

But don’t despair! Following the film, a panel of experts will discuss ways we can all take action toward a future without plastic pollution. Rockport’s Matt Prindiville, Chief Solutioneer and CEO of Upstream, a non-profit sparking innovative solutions to plastic pollution; William Bow, a retired environmental consultant and member of the Rockport Conservation Commission; and Kathleen Miele, Director of Policy & Partnerships for Maine Conservation Voters, will answer questions posed by the audience and moderated by Rep. Doudera.

Young environmental activists are encouraged to attend, and the Camden Rockport Middle School Environmental Club will be present and selling earth friendly beeswax wrappers.

Honor Earth Week with a film that promises to challenge and prompt us to action. For more information, contact Rep. Doudera at 207-542-1990, and watch the trailer here.