Prominent seafaring environmentalist, researcher, and TED lecturer Captain Charles Moore shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age and a growing global health crisis.
In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu with the sole intention of returning home after competing in a trans-Pacific race. To get to California, he and his crew took a shortcut through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a vast “oceanic desert” where winds are slack and sailing ships languish. There, Moore realized his catamaran was surrounded by a “plastic soup.” He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planet – a spiral nebula where plastic outweighed zooplankton, the ocean’s food base, by a factor of six to one.
In this presentation Moore will discuss these observations, what they mean to our planet, and his new book Plastic Ocean. A call to action as urgent as Rachel Carson’s seminal Silent Spring, Moore’s revelations will be embraced by activists, concerned parents, and seafaring enthusiasts concerned about the deadly impact and implications of this man-made blight.
Thursday, 2 February 2012 from 19:30 to 21:00 (PT)