Past Event

Microplastic Madness: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

November 1, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Forum at Columbia University, 601 W. 125th St., New York, NY 10027 Auditorium

The Columbia Climate School presents the Microplastic Madness Film Screening and Panel Discussion

November 1st from 5:00 - 7:00pm EDT at the Forum at Columbia University.

Free Registration via Eventbrite 

We are cordially inviting you to join us for a film screening of “Microplastic Madness’ and panel discussion on November 1st from 5:00 - 7:00pm EDT at the Forum at Columbia University, brought to you by the Columbia Climate School, Barnard Sustainability, and Cafeteria Culture.

The film ‘Microplastic Madness’ is an optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through a refreshing urban youth point of view, with an inspiring take action message. The film follows a group of 5th graders, who spent 2 years investigating plastic pollution by taking on the roles of community scientists, leaders, and advocates.

The film takes a deep dive into the root causes of plastic pollution, bridging the connection between plastics, climate change, and environmental justice before turning their focus back to school. With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists, this important and uplifting narrative conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms with a take action message to spark youth-led plastic free action in schools everywhere. The film has been accepted to 44 film festivals and received 8 awards.

This special event between the Columbia Climate School, Barnard Sustainability, and Cafeteria Culture, the creators behind the film, will start with a screening, followed by a dynamic discussion with a diverse panel of scientists, educators, and students, including:

Debby Lee Cohen - Co-Director/Producer of Microplastic Madness and Executive Director, Cafeteria Culture

Sandra Goldmark - Director of Campus Sustainability and Climate Action, Barnard College and Senior Assistant Dean of Interdisciplinary Engagement, Columbia Climate School

Joaquim Goes - Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia Climate School

Rhonda Keyser - Education Director, Cafeteria Culture

Rebeca Sabnam - Youth Advocate, Cafeteria Culture, and Sophomore, Columbia University


Laurel Zaima-Sheehy - Program Manager, Non-Degree Education and Outreach Programs, Columbia Climate School

For those joining us live, please register for an in-person ticket. Doors open at 4pm EDT. Please note that all guests to campus are required to comply with Columbia University's Health and Safety Policy for visitors, which includes mandatory primary COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible individuals. Guests must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination if asked.

For those who wish to join us remotely, please register for a remote participant ticket. We will send you a link to watch the movie when the event starts at 5:00pm EDT on November 1st. The link will be available to you for 28 hours (ending on November 2nd at 9:00pm EDT). We will also share a link for you to tune in live to watch the panel discussion.

We hope that you’ll join us for this exciting event. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us at [email protected]

Contact Information

Laurel Zaima Sheehy