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Saturday, July 2 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ridding Global Waters of Microplastics: #beadfree

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Husband and wife team Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins co-founded The 5 Gyres Institute, an organization dedicated to stopping plastic pollution. 5 Gyres has sailed over 50,000 miles across the world’s oceans with hundreds of diverse ambassadors, studying the global impact of plastic and working to drive solutions on land. 5 Gyres’ research in the Great Lakes uncovered the issue of plastic microbeads in the US, and launched a 3-year collaborative campaign to ban the sale of microbeads, culminating in a Federal Bill in 2015. 

Anna and Marcus will give an overview of their findings, illustrated by a number of unique artifacts from the 5 Gyres, vast oceanic regions that concentrate debris. They will also share a hands on demo highlighting microbeads, and engage participants in concrete actions they can take to reduce their plastic footprint, and get involved.

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Marcus Eriksen

Marcus Eriksen received his Ph.D. in Science Education from University of Southern California in 2003, months before embarking on a 2000-mile, 5-month journey down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft. His experience on the river led to a career studying the ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing 35,000 miles through all 5 subtropical gyres to discover new garbage patches of plastic pollution in... Read More →



Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ford Zen Den

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