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Plastic Ocean

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Captain Charles Moore, environmentalist and researcher, talks about discovering of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the summer of 1997, when he was sailing from Honolulu to California. In Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Ocean Moore looks at the secret life and hidden properties of plastics—from milk jugs to polymer molecules small enough to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled.

Baby turtle with plastic.

From Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Published by Avery.

Captain Moore showing plastic sample.

From Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Published by Avery.

Bird carcass filled with bottle caps.

From Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Published by Avery.

Two birds on a plastic-covered beach.

From Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Published by Avery.

Seal in net.

From Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Published by Avery.

Melissa Eagan
Captain Moore and his sample of plastic sand.

Guests:

Charles Moore

Comments [4]

Angela Luisa Muriel from Manhattan

This is so disheartening, I've been reading about this plastic soup for years and yet we continue to add to it. Even a self proclaimed conscious retailer like Whole Foods has added premeasured bulk items sold in plastic containers instead of selling bulk that we could carry out in paper bags.
Also, with all the informative documentaries about our water and the bottled water industry, we continue to buy bottled water even though most of us in the West have clean running water for consumption or can easily install a filter on our faucets. It is a disgrace how much is solely for profit and politicians don't want to offend any industry even though we know and have alternate ways of doing things!

Dec. 29 2011 12:49 PM

More examples of the current "private profits, public costs" capitalism we're currently practicing. It's time for full cost capitalism, we're the bad side effects stay on the balance sheets and fixing them comes out before profit distributions.

Dec. 29 2011 12:38 PM
Mr. Pew from Manhattan

Dear Mr. Moore,

Do you make school visits? I'm a middle school Global Issues teacher here in Manhattan, I have an upcoming unit about pollution much of which explores the pacific garbage patch. Your visit to our school would be an amazing opportunity for our kids to learn more.

Mr. Pew

Dec. 29 2011 12:38 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Here I was thinking I was safe from consuming these plastic particles because I don't eat seafood, & then I hear Capt. Moore say it's in our drinking water! Time to buy a new filter....

Dec. 29 2011 12:24 PM

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