Capt. Charles Moore on the seas of plastic

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Capt. Charles Moore from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation

Capt. Charles Moore from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation

I’ve unashamedly ‘borrowed’ this from Isabel’s Plastic Diaries blog.

She posted up a link to this TED talk and I was mesmerised. It reminded me why we’re doing what we’re doing to try and reduce our trash.

Charles Moore is founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. A yachting competition across the Pacific led veteran seafarer Charles Moore to discover what some have since deemed the world’s largest “landfill” out at sea.

He captains the foundation’s research vessel, the Alguita, documenting the great expanses of plastic waste that now litter our oceans and he’s on a mission to draw attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

Moore said after his return voyage, “There were shampoo caps and soap bottles and plastic bags and fishing floats as far as I could see. Here I was in the middle of the ocean, and there was nowhere I could go to avoid the plastic.”

Since his discovery, Moore has been analysing the giant litter patch and its disastrous effects on ocean life. Through the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, he hopes to raise awareness about the problem and find ways to restrict its growth. He’s now leading several expeditions to sample plastic fragments across thousands of miles of the Pacific.


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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Julie Day says:

    Sounds a very impressive man. Would like to go to one of his talks, if he came to London.

  2. Jane says:

    Too much plastic in the seas. People need to see these as otherwise they are oblivious to the terrible things that are happening as a result of our negligence. It’s another great video like the BBC one. It was all those baby albatrosses being fed plastic by their parents that really got to me.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @Julie Day: I think there would be many of us there, julie!
    @Jane: Jane, the baby albatross gets to me too 🙁

  4. Jane says:

    @Mrs Green: This brings us back again to plastic bottle lids and what to do with them again.

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Jane: It does indeed. Some councils take them and others don’t – the sooner we get the same rules across the UK, the better …

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