Story provided by: Washed Ashore, Bandon, OR
Author of ‘Plastic Ocean’ to Speak at Washed Ashore Marine Debris Sculpture Gallery in Bandon AND STREAMED LIVE ON THE INTERNET.
Captain Charles Moore, who has launched a determined quest to save the oceans after discovering what he describes as a ‘plastic soup’, a sweeping mid-oceanic tract spread in the Pacific with scraps of plastic, will be speaking about it on Monday May 14th at 7:15pm at the workshop of Washed Ashore in Bandon, Oregon. His talk will be video-streamed live over the internet on “Washed Ashore’s” website which is www.WashedAshore.org.
The event, to be streamed live on the internet at WashedAshore.org, will be hosted by Angela Haseltine Pozzi, Lead Artist and Executive Director of The Washed Ashore Project, a non-profit organization that uses unique art sculptures made from marine debris to encourage awareness of ocean pollution.
“Captain Moore is a strong supporter of The Washed Ashore Project and this is a tremendous opportunity for anyone who is interested in the health of our oceans to meet an expert on the subject.” said Pozzi. “He is a passionate clean oceans advocate who can authoritatively inform us and answer questions about the tragedy that we face and what actions we should take.”, she added.
Captain Moore is the founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. His organization systematically culls scientific samples and the results are shocking: plastic caught in his nets in the North Pacific gyre outweigh zooplankton, the ocean’s food base, by a factor of six to one.
Moore’s initial voyage, his subsequent trips back, his research into this startling discovery, his hard-won scientific credibility, and his dogged, game-changing efforts to get the world to pay attention to a looming plastic peril, are chronicled in his new book which will be discussed on Monday evening. Estimated at three million tons of plastic debris in the Northeast Pacific, between Hawaii and the West Coast, The Great North Pacific Garbage Patch is roughly two million square miles.
For more information about the book and Captain Moore, please click here.
About Washed Ashore:
The Washed Ashore Project aims to educate and create awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution in the ocean through art.
Community members are working together to clean up our beaches and lead by Pozzi process the mostly plastic debris into giant sculptures of sea life that are touring as a highly successful educational art exhibit.
For more information contact: Frank Rocco, Development Director at Washed Ashore +1 415 847 1239 FrankRocco@WashedAshore.org
Editor’s note: Click here for NOAA quick synopsis of their view on ocean plastic debris.