Lectures

More Ocean, Less Plastic

Solutions to Our Global Plastic Plague
Oceans Lecture Series

Lecture by Anna Cummins, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The 5 Gyres Institute

Introduction by John Huth, Codirector of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and Donner Professor of Science in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

The problem of plastic pollution in the oceans is now a recognized threat to the health of our global marine ecosystems. More complex, however, is coming up with solutions to this ubiquitous plague.

5 Gyres has spent the last 7 years surveying plastic pollution across the world’s subtropical gyres, oceanic systems that concentrate floating debris. The goal of our research is to leverage science to drive upstream solutions to plastic pollution. This lecture will describe the recent science on microplastics and share some of the current solutions in policy, innovation, and citizen engagement.


This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.; lecture begins at 5 p.m.

Part of the 2016–2017 Oceans Lecture Series. A larger, one-day public symposium on the topic took place on Friday, October 28, 2016.