From the expansion of Sharia into Indonesia to the deepening crisis of plastic in our oceans, it seems like some of the world's greatest challenges are becoming more dire by the day.
In Aceh, the northernmost province of Indonesia, Sharia rules all. Following the devastating 2004 tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, Islamist hardliners and Sharia police now roam the streets busting gamblers, drinkers, and adulterers, sending them off to be publicly caned by "executioners." In this segment, VICE founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Aceh and across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, to experience Sharia up close, investigate its correlation to terrorism, and meet those who are fighting back against it.
In the second segment, new estimates suggest that, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The millions of tons of plastic bottles, straws, and bags we throw away every year are not only ruining pristine beaches and destroying marine ecosystems—they may end up in our supermarkets and become a permanent part of our food chain. VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung travels to the remote shores of Hawaii and the coast of the North Sea, where she meets one 22-year-old in the Netherlands with a plan to design the largest ocean cleanup in history—and to rethink the way we use plastic along the way.
Join New America NYC and VICE at Lincoln Center for a special screening of VICE on HBO's Life Under Sharia & Plastic Oceans, followed by a talkback with the second segment's producers, climate scientists, and environmental policy experts on the extent of our plastic addiction and the surprisingly simple ways we can solve it.
PARTICIPANTSJoe Langford @joeclark66
Producer and Editor, "Plastic Oceans," VICE
Melanie Nakagawa @investinclimate
Head of Climate Initiative, Princeville Global
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation, U.S. State Department
Nikita Scott @Kita_Surfrider
Chair, NYC Chapter, Surfrider Foundation
Tim Clancy @FancyTimClancy
Executive Producer, VICE on HBO