The lethal long-term effects of releasing helium balloons into the air for weddings and other events is one of the burning topics covered in a series of free documentaries presented as part of Lake Macquarie City Council’s annual May Movie Month.
The 2018 documentary Rubber Jellyfish explores the impact helium balloons are having on global endangered marine wildlife, including Australian sea birds and turtles.
The 6pm Wednesday 12 May screening at Event Cinemas, Glendale, includes a Q&A session with Australian Seabird Rescue coordinator Rob Olive.
Council’s sustainability engagement coordinator Chris Harle said May Movie Month – now in its fifth year – aimed to build the community’s knowledge and understanding of nature, climate change and waste.
“Documentaries are hand-picked to provide people of all ages with the knowledge and inspiration to connect on a local and global scale to bring about change,” she explained.
The series kicks off on Wednesday 5 May with Fantastic Fungi, using incredible time-lapse photography to help shed light on the little-known world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and regenerate.
On Wednesday 19 May, The Weather Diaries covers the effects of climate change and one mother’s concerns about the world she will leave behind for her daughter, while on Wednesday 26 May, Peloton Against Plastic follows a bicycle ride aiming to share the stories of people fighting the global plastic pollution crisis.
Each session starts at 6pm.
“Every screening will be introduced by an expert on the topic, and that same expert will host a Q&A following the documentary,” Ms Harle said.
“The live Q&A sessions aim to provide further insight at a local level into these subjects and what can be done here in Lake Macquarie.”
Bookings are essential for all May Movie Month sessions.
Go to www.lakemac.com.au for more information.