A Sea of Plastic

ESRI and the University of Redlands Town & Gown have joined together to present the ESRI/University of Redlands Town & Gown Cultural Series, offering the community educational and cultural programs for free or at a minimal cost.

This month, the series welcomes Charles Moore, founder and Chief Research Coordinator of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation on Monday, Nov. 23.

Moore’s interest in dedicating his life to understanding and remediating the ocean’s plastic load was discovered sparked in 1997, when he returned from a yacht race to Hawaii and found himself in an ocean full of plastic.

"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," he said.

Since then, Moore, along with collaborators from the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, developed protocols to monitor marine and beach micro-plastics, which are used from the remote beaches of Polynesia to the United Nations Environmental Programme in Europe.

Because of influence, Moore was featured in U.S. News and World Report and at a recent TED conference.

Join us on Monday, Nov 23. at 5:30 p.m. in ESRI’s Conference Center, 350 New York St., Redlands. This event is free and open to the public.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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