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About the event

Join us for the opening event of Festival of the Sea 2020.

More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our seas each year, breaking down into microplastics – an environmental scourge of our times. Join us for the opening event of Festival of the Sea 2020. A powerful call to arms for everyone, young and old, to make a difference to the plastic pandemic. Hear from our world-class expert speakers, download our new plastics app and leave tooled up to make a difference.

Our speakers include:

  • Lucy Siegle – Journalist (The Observer), broadcaster (The One Show, Good Morning Britain) and author (Turning the Tide on Plastic)
  • David Jones – Environmentalist, researcher and founder of Just One Ocean
  • Natalie Fee – Campaigner (City to Sea) and author (How to save the world for free)
  • Jessica Hickie – Plastics and sustainability programme, the Environment Agency
  • Geoff Holt – Sailor, speaker and founder of Wetwheels

Click here to find out more about the app

The Problem with Plastic is presented by the New Theatre Royal, Company of Makers, the Makers Guild, and Hack Pompey.

The Problem With Plastic Fringe

THU 13 FEB | 4PM – 6PM | Main House & Minghella Studio

To accompany our main event, the New Theatre Royal plays host to a range of talks, films and interactive stands, all designed to tool you up with the information needed on plastics and how we can all make a difference. Featuring both local and national experts and organisations, and all for free!

Daft Plastic: Bring along a piece of plastic that you think is unnecessary and wasteful, and add it to our Daft Plastic display. The display will then be recycled into a Portsmouth crest sculpture for educational use in Portsmouth schools.


4.45pm: The Environment Agency

5pm: Dr Lilly Da Gama – The Food Waste Doctor

5.15pm: David Jones – Big Microplastics Project

5.30pm: Natalie Fee – City To Sea