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Art, Science, and the People Making a Difference

Join us for an evening with experts discussing their work to study plastic in the ocean as we debut a traveling exhibition on the global impact of plastic on terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The exhibit also reflects on the cultural response adaptation to this growing ecological threat.

Captain Charles Moore will introduce Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, cofounders of the 5 Gyres Institute, who will share the results of the first global survey of plastic pollution in the ocean’s five subtropical gyres. The couple founded 5 Gyres to research and communicate plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, and to engage communities in solutions-based actions.

Following their presentation, a panel will discuss ecological impacts and realistic solutions to the problem of plastic pollution.

Panel speakers will include:

Michael Brown, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Ivex Packaging Corporation and Crystal Thermoplastics Inc., and founder of Packaging 2.0, Inc., a maker of 100 percent post-consumer recycled food packaging.

Sherry Lippiatt, California regional coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program. Lippiatt also leads the Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project.

Leila Monroe, staff attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council Oceans Program. Monroe has expertise in such issues as ocean governance, marine protected areas, and ocean pollution, particularly from land-based sources.

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This speaking engagement will be streamed live via the web. It's free and you can participate in the Q&A session at the end via Twitter. Times posted are in Pacific Time. Please note that if you tune in early, you may see either a placeholder image or another scheduled guest speaker engagement.

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5 Gyres: Saving our Synthetic Seas
Archived Event Information

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 | 7:00 PM–8:30 PM

Cost $5 for public; FREE for Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students with valid ID and advanced reservations.
RSVP (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
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