79-year-old Ron builds a portable recycling plant to combat one of the earth's greatest pollutants: the plastic bottle.
Ron Ryde has spent much of his nearly eight decades travelling to the poorest parts of our planet. During that time he noticed two issues affecting nearly every place he visited: a lack of employment opportunities for women, and endless waste stemming from one of the most notorious pollutants on the planet: plastic bottles. From his workshop in Penticton, and with the help of some friends, Ron sets out to assemble a fully-functioning, portable recycling plant. His goal? To deliver these DIY facilities to women in the poorest communities in Canada and beyond in order to provide a viable business opportunity, while also combatting the issue of plastic waste.
Dr. Grant works closely with Ron on the project, while also having a number of interesting side-projects. He is well connected to local First Nations communities through his outreach relating to mental health and wellbeing. Dr. Grant is vey well known in the community for his many humanitarian efforts, including: driving an donated ambulance 6,500km to a community in Honduras, and recently hand delivering primary care medication to the Children's Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela in 2017. As a fellow world traveler and community hero, Dr. Bogyo will be assisting Ron in the completion of the plant
Ron will be the primary person in our documentary. At 79, Ron has the energy of someone much younger - and he uses that energy to help others in his community of Penticton and beyond. A classic car enthusiast, humanitarian and inventor, Ron is the perfect candidate to share his story and his latest project - a portable plastic recycling plant. With the help of his six friends, all seniors, they are setting out to help poor women in Canada and around the world to address issues relating to unemployment and pollution. He is an amazing person, and undoubtedly a local hero.
Ron has the support of a number of friends working on this project. All of them are around his age, and have a shared background in mechanics and/or humanitarian work. They're passionate about the project just like Ron, and are all residents of Penticton. Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of them all together at this time, but this shows three of them working on the machine.