Run time: 10 minutes 29 seconds.
Format: HD 1920x1080, 23.98fps, Stereo
A marine and environmental scientist devoted to the oceans fight against plastic pollution in The Bahamas by building a community of young people concerned with the protection of the environment.
The Bahamas, a country recognized globally for its stunning seascapes and wealth of fauna and flora, is a true paradise on Earth.However, this paradise is polluted by plastic. The marine litter concentrations for The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean is nearly three times the global average, with an accumulation rate of up to six hundred million metric tonnes of plastic by 2025 for The Bahamas.
On the frontlines of tackling this issue is Kristal Ambrose, also known as “Kristal Ocean”, a marine and environmental scientist who grew up loving the oceans surrounding her island home of The Bahamas. After sailing across the Pacific Ocean to study an oceanic “garbage patch”, she returned home to affect change by inspiring both the government and its citizens to move towards creating a plastic free Bahamas through her non-profit organization Bahamas Plastic Movement (BPM). Plastic Warriors follows her unique approach to education and activism. Kristal connects Bahamian youth to the marine environment and empowers them to use their voice to protect the natural environment and create legislation aimed at its protection-these are the plastic warriors. In 2020, The Bahamas passed a law banning select single use plastics, a monumental law brought forward by the plastic warriors,
Shot with vintage anamorphic lenses to exalt the beauty of The Bahamas landscapes’, Plastic Warriors is a documentary that follows Kristal’s fight to battle plastic pollution in The Bahamas and highlights the possibilities of change to protect the environment through youth empowerment.
CAST & PARTNERS
Meet the Director
Lavado Stubbs is an award-winning a director-producer, born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, with film experience in Nassau, Toronto, Orlando and Los Angeles.
The Bahamas is known for its breathtaking ocean landscapes, but plastic is consuming the beaches.
70% of tourists choose The Bahamas as their vacation destination because of the beaches, and if the beaches are polluted tourism will plummet leading to a $8.5 million economic loss. Additionally, as plastic infests the beaches, it infects the water causing marine species including Mahi-mahi and grouper, fish that Bahamians and tourists alike consume.
As the world becomes overrun by single-use plastics, our ecosystems, food chains, and biodiversity are changing, and not for the better. Whales are washing up to shore with stomachs full of plastic bags, turtles’ air passages are blocked by plastic straws, and fishing nets are entangling elephant seals. As one species becomes extinct as a result of plastic pollution, a cascade of issues tumbles. Now more than ever, we are seeing the voice of the youth and their determination to create change so future generations can experience the joy of the outdoors.
Plastic Warriors aims to inspire and continue the fight against plastic pollution. Our goal is to circulate this film and its values to as many people as possible, so there is no fee for non-profits and educators to screen the film. We hope Plastic Warriors is screened at free and public events, again, in hopes to circulate its message to as many people as possible. If you are interested in hosting a screening as a for-profit company, please contact us. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org