Dr. Sylvia Earle, Van Jones, Jackson Browne, Captain Charles Moore, Fabien Cousteau, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, David de Rothschild Among Participants
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, November 6, the TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch will bring the insidious devastation of plastic pollution to the forefront of the media debate. Prominent thought leaders, innovators, and artists will share what they know, explore solutions, and together develop a plan for action. The event will be broadcast live on the http://www.tedxgreatpacificgarbagepatch.com website and on Facebook starting at 8:30 a.m. PST/11:30 a.m. EST and continuing until 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST.
Satellite events are happening worldwide to develop local solutions to the global plastic pollution crisis - watch parties and local discussions are happening across the U.S. and in Japan, the Netherlands, Dubai, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana and in many other locations. See http://www.tedxgreatpacificgarbagepatch.com/watch-parties/ for a full list.
Dr. Sylvia Earle, Captain Charles Moore, Van Jones, Ferris Thompson, Beth Terry, Chris Jordan, Fabien Cousteau, David de Rothschild, Chris Malloy, Jackson Browne, Ed Begley Jr., and His Excellency John Dramani Mahama are among the presenters speaking at the forum. See biographies of all participants at the event website.
TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch is a forum where issue experts, youth leaders, visual and performing artists, actors, musicians, politicians and many others will share observations on how plastic pollution affects ocean/environmental health and public health; explore solutions for reducing our plastic footprint, and begin to develop ideas about eliminating plastic pollution through individual action as well as public- and private-sector innovation.
Archived content will be available after the event on YouTube and on the TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch site.
The Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean is a gyre of trash estimated to be at a minimum the size of the state of Texas and possibly as large at the United States. 90% of this trash patch is comprised of plastic. There are similar areas of plastic pollution throughout the world – in all the world's oceans, in seemingly unlikely places like the Arabian Desert, along some of the most pristine beaches of the world, in our cities, in our rivers, and in our bodies. Plastic pollution affects every one of us.
Due to space limitation, attendance is by invitation only.
About Plastic Pollution Coalition
Plastic Pollution Coalition (www.PlasticPollutionCoalition.org) is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.
With its work, Plastic Pollution seeks to elevate plastic pollution to the forefront of global social, environmental and political discourse.
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