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Visiting Explorer Program with Marcus Eriksen

In 2008 Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal drifted 88 days from California to Hawaii through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on a homemade raft afloat on 15,000 plastic bottles. With no motor or support, trusting currents, they battled storms all the way to Honolulu. Old sailboat masts lashed together made the deck, and a salvaged Cessna airplane became a cabin. The story of the JUNK RAFT adventure was the voyage that preceded a decade of research expeditions across all 5 subtropical gyres to understand the plight of plastic on the high seas. After publishing the first global estimate of how much plastic pollutes our shared ocean, Eriksen and his team moved inland to stop the source. Today they continue to sail, surveying upstream sources, and working with companies and governments to end the plastic pollution problem for good.

Marcus Eriksen is an environmental scientist, educator and author committed to building stronger communities through art, science, adventure and activism. His books chronicle rafting adventures down rivers and across oceans, and highlight his experience as a veteran of war and a scientists for conservation.He is the co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute, studying plastic pollution worldwide, and more recently co-founded LEAP LAB, a science center demonstrating the path toward urban resilience.

Date: Thursday, November 16

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: The Gallery, Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $15

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