Captain Charles Moore Lecture & Book Signing

Come get your copy of Plastic Ocean on the day it is being released!

Environmental Speakers Series
Sponsored by Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment

Thursday, October 27, 2011
7 p.m.

Captain Charles Moore, discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, will be speaking about his work.

Oceanographic Research Vessel Captain Charles Moore wasn't doing research in the middle of the North Pacific ocean in 1997. He was on a return voyage from Hawaii after testing a new mast in the Transpacific Yacht Race, when he began to notice a continuous stream trash floating by.

Upon further investigation, this gyre of garbage turned out to cover an area more than twice the size of Texas. His now famous discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch led Captain Moore to become a scientist-activist.

In his presentations and his new book, Plastic Ocean, Moore chronicles his scientific investigations of our ocean's plastic load aboard ORV Alguita, and his impassioned, fiercely unorthodox style of working that results not only in authoring peer reviewed articles in scientific journals, but run-ins with skeptical officialdom, controversy and the media glare of New York and Hollywood TV shows like Nightline, Late Night with David Letterman, the Colbert Report, and National Public Radio broadcasts.

Join Captain Moore, the founder of Algalita Marine Research Foundation, for a riveting expose' of humanity's "plastic footprint." An acclaimed speaker and international authority, Moore explains in vivid detail his first-hand experience of the alarming consequences millions of tons of our persistent plastic waste is having on the marine environment, and ultimately, us.

Moore's book, Plastic Ocean, is being released on Thursday. He will do a book signing following the event.

A more scientific lecture will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28,  as part of the Earth and Environment's Light Lunch Series in the New College House.

Captain Moore's visit was generously sponsored by the Mellon Grant for Environmental Values and the New College House, and is part of the Environmental Speakers Series and the One Earth lecture series.

This lecture is free and open to the public; bring friends and family!

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