episode 013. 5 gyres and plastic pollution with anna cummins and marcus eriksen
- in this episode i interview researchers, environmentalists, and husband and wife duo anna cummins and marcus eriksen. we discuss what exactly is a gyre and the 5 main gyres in our world’s oceans and the plastic soup that is becoming more common in our oceans. we discuss anna and marcus’ amazing research work of the north pacific gyer and how they try and educate politicians, the public , and school children on the dangers of disposable plastic. we also discuss the fact that disposable plastic and recycling is not a closed loop system and why a great deal of plastic waste finds its way into our oceans endangering sea life and ultimately humanity here on land. we also discuss eric’s cool plastic boat called “junk” that he built and sailed from long beach to hawaii to raise awareness of the plastic pollution problem. we also discuss their upcoming trip to explore the north atlantic gyre in january 2010. you can find more information about anna and marcus’ efforts at www.junkraft.com and www.algalita.org as well as follow along on their upcoming journey to the north atlantic gyre at www.5gyres.org.
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