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 seven years surveying plastic pollution across the world’s subtropical gyres, oceanic systems that concentrate floating debris. The goal of their research is to use science to drive solutions to plastic pollution. This lecture describes the recent science on microplastics and shares some of the current solutions in policy, innovation, and citizen engagement.
Introduction by John Huth, faculty codirector of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and the Donner Professor of Science in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Part of the 2016–2017 Oceans Lecture Series at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University