Thursday, April 12 at 12:30
Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launchedan Obsessive Quest to Save the Oceans
Oceanographic Research Vessel Captain Charles Moore wasn’t doing research in the middle of the North Pacific ocean in 1997. He was on a return voyage from Hawaii after testing a new mast in the Transpacific Yacht Race, when he was becalmed in the doldrums and began to notice scraps of trash floating by every time he came on deck, mostly broken down bits of former things. His now famous discovery led Captain Moore to become a scientist-activist investigating what others had passed over — the plastic “confetti” created from our floating plastic discards by ultraviolet sunlight and the turbulent waters of a salty sea.
Join Captain Moore, the founder of Algalita Marine Research Foundation, for a riveting expose of humanity’s “plastic footprint.” An acclaimed speaker and international authority, Moore explains in vivid detail his first-hand experience of the alarming consequences millions of tons of our persistent plastic waste is having on the marine environment, and ultimately, on us. (by Sylvia Jadczak)