2015 Press Releases

Jeremy Irons to discuss 'Trashed' at UCC

16 Feb 2015
Image from environmental documentary 'Trashed' (Image courtesy of Blenheim TV Films Ltd.)

Oscar-winning Jeremy Irons will take part in a discussion following a free screening of ground-breaking environmental documentary ‘Trashed’ at UCC on Monday 23 February. 

The free event, which runs from 2.15pm-4.30pm, is open to the public but tickets are required (see below).

The film is of acute relevance to Ireland where much of our waste ends up in landfills. Directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady and featuring Jeremy as investigator and guide, Trashed first premiered in a special screening at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film, in which Jeremy explores the world's most environmentally polluted places to reveal how the extent of our rubbish is affecting our planet and us, has since gone on to win numerous awards.

The moderated discussion following the screening will focus on waste issues at a global level. It will see Jeremy engage with the student and wider community, and speak of his commitment to lobbying large corporations and governments to change policies on waste management. He will also discuss waste solutions, including the performance of newer technologies around the world and explore what a recycling intensive path forward might look like, one that can advance sustainability and equity while creating green jobs.

Jeremy, who lives in Kilcoe Castle in West Cork, was made an honorary Cork citizen in 2014 for his work in promoting the arts and various charities as well as his support of environmental causes. He has for example been particularly vocal in his support of the highly politicised anti incineration movement in Cork Harbour - Cork Harbour Alliance for A Safe Environment (CHASE). The event comes at a time when Cork harbour is now being perceived as an asset of international importance.

This event is coordinated by UCC’s Green Campus Initiative, the UCC President’s Office and the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science at UCC. UCC has been continuously recognised for its work in the area of campus sustainability over the last number of years. In January 2015, the Universitas Indonesia (UI) Greenmetric World University Ranking awarded a second in the world ranking for the second year in a row.

The ticketed event takes place in Boole 1 Lecture Theatre on Monday 23 February from 2.15pm-4.30pm. Tickets are free of charge and are only available on a first come first serve basis (beginning 17 February) directly from the UCC Visitors’ Centre, Stone Corridor, UCC (9.30am-5pm daily) or from the School of Biological Earth & Environmental Science Office (BEES) First Floor, Enterprise Centre, Distillery Fields, North Mall Campus (no prior bookings available).

See http://www.ucc.ie/en/greencampus/news/ for more information or email: greencampus@ucc.ie

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