An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution By Marcus Eriksen
Guest speakers David de Rothschild, Charles Moore, Mark Cappellano, Anna Cummins and more to be announced
When: Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Patagonia Santa Monica. Door Open 7 pm, presentation 7:30 pm, press Interviews 6 pm
What: Patagonia Santa Monica hosts Junk Raft Book Launch with environmental organizations The 5 Gyres Institute and Surfrider LA to talk about the global health crisis of plastic pollution.
Who should attend: Press, ocean enthusiasts, teachers, students, activists & concerned citizens.
Where: Patagonia Santa Monica, 1344 4th St., Santa Monica, California 90401, Phone: (310) 395-6895. Parking available in public lot next door. Free raffle ticket given to everyone who brings a reusable cup, rides a bike, walks, carpools or takes public transportation.
About Junk Raft
In 2008 Marcus Eriksen, along with his friend and sailing partner Joel Paschal, set off on a three-month voyage from California to Hawaii, crossing the ocean on a homemade raft made from plastic soda bottles and an old airplane. With no motor or support vessel, they simply drifted with the same currents that carry trash to the mid-ocean gyres. A scientific researcher and activist focused on plastic marine pollution, Eriksen embarked on the journey in an attempt to draw public attention to the scale and impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
In Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution, Eriksen recalls the harrowing trip, recounting how the pair endured severe weather, damage to their raft, and near disaster along the way. But Eriksen shares more than just his adventure at sea. The book is a call to action for consumers to fight back against the harm the plastics industry is causing to environmental and human health, and an appeal for plastic producers and product manufacturers to take responsibility for the unsustainable plastic products and packaging they make.
Junk Raft weaves the story of a journey across the Pacific Ocean into a revealing exposé about plastics pollution and environmental justice. In addition to presenting examples of countries like Chile and Taiwan, where updated trash management systems have improved pollution and saved money, Eriksen also provides concrete, actionable solutions to help activists and engaged citizens respond to this environmental crisis. He believes that working toward zero-waste and weaving end-of-life design into new products, and finding better ways to deal with current ‘junk’ is possible, and should be the goal. He also urges manufacturers to take responsibility for their actions, balance the ‘profit motive’ with company values about how we treat the living world and each other. “I have tremendous hope,” Eriksen writes. “I am confident that we possess the collective intelligence and will to overcome the course that was set in the last century.”
Guest speakers David de Rothchild, Algalita’s Charles Moore, Mark Cappellano, Anna Cummins and others featured in the book will read and engage in conversation with Eriksen about their journey in the fight against plastic pollution. Attendees will be invited to a Q&A with Eriksen and guest speakers at the end of the presentation.
About the Author
Marcus Eriksen is the Executive Director of Leap Lab, a science center committed to sustainable cities. He’s also the director of research for the 5 Gyres Institute, an environmental science and advocacy nonprofit organization that he founded with his wife, Anna Cummins, in 2009. With firsthand experience on more than twenty ocean-crossing expeditions, he has written extensively on the impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and has published research on the distribution of plastics in the subtropical gyres. He is the author of My River Home: A Journey from the Gulf War to the Gulf of Mexico.
About 5 Gyres
The 5 Gyres Institute discovered plastic microbeads in 2012 and campaigned for a successful federal ban in 2015. Through ocean expeditions, the organization was first to research plastic in all five subtropical gyres, and published the first Global Estimate of Plastic Pollution in 2014, finding nearly 270,000 tons and 5.25 trillion pieces of “plastic smog” worldwide. 5 Gyres, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has been in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2017. www.5gyres.org