Tuesday 10th September. 7.15pm, Arran Community Theatre, Lamlash.
Vitamin Sea documents the journey of one woman; Cal Major. In the summer of 2018, Cal completed a world record stand up paddle board expedition from Land’s End to John O’Groats – the whole length of the UK! This 80-minute film focuses on community action around plastic pollution, the need to reconnect to nature in order to drive a desire to protect it, and the importance of time in nature for mental health.
The film was made by award-winning photographer and film-maker, James Appleton and really shows off the UK in all its beauty. However, as well as detailing the adventure, the underlying messages are a big focus of the film. There is a focus on plastic pollution, and the positive things happening in the UK to tackle them. But also a focus on one of the most important lessons Cal learnt during the expedition. People Protect What They Love. Without that connection to our natural world, we can’t hope for people to want to protect it.
There’s another twist in the tale too. In a time and society where mental health problems are running rife, anxiety and depression on the rise, and suicide tearing peoples’ lives apart, could reconnecting to nature be the answer? We are increasingly frazzled, increasingly disconnected from our natural world, and what it means to be a human as a part of it. Scientific research is proving that being amongst nature, particularly around water, is beneficial for our mental health. Cal strongly believes the two are connected – if we can reconnect to nature, appreciate what it means to us and our wellbeing, we’re more likely to want to protect it.
Cal undertook this challenge because she is “really passionate about plastic pollution and talking to people about the positive solutions to help tackle it.” In the film, it becomes apparent that plastic pollution is prolific in certain areas of the UK: “in one morning, I counted 691 plastic bottles, just in the first hour of paddling”. Cal explains that she wanted the expedition to “highlight the plastic the length of the UK, but also to look at all the amazing, incredible stuff that individuals and communities are doing to help tackle it”.
One community Cal visited was Arran. Not only does this documentary feature the island’s marine conservation charity, the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), but also the work that Arran Eco Savvy are doing to prevent plastic pollution in our seas.
COAST are delighted to invite you to an evening with Cal, who will be around for a Q&A session after the showing. This is a journey not to be missed.
This is a free screening, however donations on the door will be gratefully received, being split between The Vitamin Sea Project and COAST.
7.15pm, Tuesday 10th September, Arran Community Theatre.