June 27.- 28  Volvo Ocean Race - Ocean Summits, The Hague, Netherlands.  During the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, a series of Ocean Summits have been organized at a range of stopovers as a key part of our sustainability program.  The seven Ocean Summits are bringing together the worlds of sport, industry, government, science and ocean advocates to showcase innovative solutions and announcements to combat the global crisis of ocean plastic pollution.  I will be joining other speakers on the 28th.  

June 8.  National Junior Zero Waste Brasil Youth Congress in Brazil.  III Congresso Nacional da Juventude Lixo Zero Brasil - 2018.  The III NATIONAL JUNIOR ZERO BRASIL YOUTH CONGRESS 2018 will be headquartered in the city of São José dos Campos - SP with the theme "Lixo Zero Cities".  I will be presenting at the Conference.

May 10Zero Waste Sonoma.   Sonoma County Zero Waste Symposium engages community stakeholders by showcasing zero waste policies, programs and infrastructure that design waste out of the system wherever possible and divert discarded materials through composting, reclaiming, reducing, reusing, and recycling.    Keynote speaker: Captain Charles Moore has dedicated his time and resources to understanding and remediating the ocean’s plastic load. He recently returned from 6 months at sea in the South Pacific surveying the extent of plastic contamination in the South Pacific Garbage Patch and along the coast of Chile.

April 24, 25.  The 2nd International Symposium on Marine Microplastic Pollution and Control, Shanghai, China.  This symposium aims to discuss four key topics related to Marine Microplastic Pollution:  - Occurrence and fate of microplastics in the marine environment;  - Interaction of microplastics with biological and chemical contaminants;  - Influences of microplastics on the marine biota;  - Citizen science and possible solutions / remediation measures for marine microplastics.  I will be presenting at the Symposium.

April 12 - 13.   SoCal SETAC Annual Conference, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.  SoCal SETAC members host this annual meeting in the spring each year to discuss current issues in toxicology, chemistry, risk assessment, ecology, and many more emerging topics. On the 13th, I made a platform presentation  titled "Trends in the Quantity of North Pacific Gyre Debris:  Two Approaches--Two Answers" about the endocrine-disrupting effects of plastic on marine life.  I felt so honored to be able to share the stage with some really amazing scientists tackling this massive plastic problem.  Dr. Anna-Marie Cook from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Dr. James Landry from Loyola Marymount University.   

March 12 - 176th International Marine Debris Conference, San Diego, California.   March 13. Captain Moore's Presentation opening comments.  "Capital doesn't need your labor... We live in a kakistocracy... Now is the time to drive thought beyond the status quo..."   The emergence of robotics in the ongoing process of automating economically and socially necessary work should be seen as the final nail in the coffin of the longstanding moral imperative to bring up children trained to perform non-pleasurable, but necessary labor throughout their adult life. Only a fundamentally new society will stop kids from feeling like they are living on the brink in a barely livable world, and stop plastic pollution in the process. The form of this society is hidden, but emerges in the struggle to replace the status quo. 

February  28.  CLEAN WORLD CONFERENCE  Tallin, Estonia.  It brought together civic leaders from about 90 countries who are committed to stand up against waste pollution in their countries and cooperate globally to raise awareness about the rapidly growing waste problem.   A great deal was accomplished with goals set for the future. 

An extensive network of NGOs, civic groups and institutions have joined together to organize the world’s biggest cleanup action – World Cleanup Day – uniting 150 countries on the 15th of September 2018.       Here are some of the highlights from the Conference: 

                          Day 1 Overview                           Sea Meets Land.  "Let's Do It" Founder,  Rainer Nõlvak                  "What We Learned".

Here is an interview with Captain Moore and some newspaper articles from various outlets, all representing those activities he participated in.  Some of them are in Estonian and not able to be translated to English.  However, you may find a translate option at the top of the screen in these cases.  The Sunday morning Show with Lucas DayThe Evening News; The Baltic Course (In Russian) ; Estonian World .

February 27 - Going to an Estonian Bog with Ric Anthony, Pakistani and Chinese participants was exciting.  Tomorrow is my last day at the Conference.  So much accomplished and yet, still so much to be done.  

 "WORLD CLEANUP DAY" LOGO.  sEPTEMBER 18, 2018

"WORLD CLEANUP DAY" LOGO.  sEPTEMBER 18, 2018

February 26. -  "CLEAN WORLD CONFERENCE".  Estonia has a Real President in Kersti Kaljulaid.  She is a uniter not a divider!  Embracing spontaneity and very excited about the incredible people here at the World Clean Up conference.   it is gratifying to see their great contributions to a Clean World.!!   Check out the World Cleanup Day Logo to the left......you'll be seeing a lot of it between now and September 18, World Clean Up Day.

So many countries represented here.   Kosovo - Albena Reshitaj, Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning;  Romania, Stefan Buciu, President of "Let's Do It", to name a couple.

February 25 thro ugh 28, 2018 - "Lets Do It" - CLEAN WORLD CONFERENCE , Tallinn, Estonia.   Captain Moore joins Ric Anthony, President, Zero Waste International Alliance, in Tallin, Estonia on January 25-28th for the Clean World ConferenceLet's Do It!   This is a non-profit that wants to get 150 countries on board for one day of extraordinary action and cooperation.  If they succeed, they'll have engaged 5% of the world's population to help clean the environment on World Clean Up Day, September 15, 2018.  Algalita will be working with Let's Do It! to gather cleanup groups in southern California.

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August 22 and 23 - CA Resource and Recovery Conference, Paradise Island in San Diego.  During the day on the 22nd, we were very busy demonstrating the Van Veen Grab and Manta Trawl on Mission Bay.  That evening we held a rehearsal for the 23rd's performance of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", in which I save Albie the Albatross by leashing bottle caps to their bottles.   

February 25 through 28, 2018 - "Lets Do It" - CLEAN WORLD CONFERENCE , Estonia. Europe.   Captain Moore joins Ric Anthony, President, Zero Waste International Alliance, to participate in this important conference.  Estonia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe.

 

August 22 and 23 - CA Resource and Recovery Conference, Paradise Island in San Diego.  During the day on the 22nd, we were very busy demonstrating the Van Veen Grab and Manta Trawl on Mission Bay.  That evening we held a rehearsal for the 23rd's performance of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", in which I save Albie the Albatross by leashing bottle caps to their bottles.   

On September 2-4 , 2016, I participated in World Merit 360 Organization Conference at Indian Head Camp, Equinunk, Pennsylvania.  I was privileged to be one of the speakers at this '"Think Tank".  400 young people from 80 countries have come to this beautiful venue to work on UN Millenium goals, including stopping plastic pollution.  In early 2015, I participated in events across the United States from Los Angeles, at the 4th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference,  to the big island of Hawaii, San Francisco and Atlanta, Georgia.  In mid-summer, I gave testimony at a hearing in Seattle, Washington regarding the use of 40,000 PVC tubes per acre to grow Geoduck clams in intertidal zones in Puget Sound.  I also took part in the Environmental Working Group Press Conference in Washington, D.C, on Plastic Free Back to School Lunch Options.

In the fall, traveling to Montpelier, France, I took part in the 2015 Aquaculture Conference in order to expose this major growing industry's plastic pollution problem.  This was closely followed by conferences in five cities in Italy, and the Zero Waste Europe Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  In Arica, Chile, I demonstrated the Algalita Debris Science Investigation Kit (DSI) to students and met with the Tortu Arica Green Turtle Conservation Group, and in two sessions in Santiago, I worked with university and secondary school level students.  When I was in Brazil, I was alarmed to see the Olympic Aquatic venue polluted with plastic sewage while I was sampling the waters of Guanabara Bay at Barra da Tijuca. The schedule ended in Rio, with a presentation to government officials and students at the magnificent legislative assembly building.  This completed a whirlwind two week multi-city schedule in Brazil, all related to the Zero Waste movement.

In 2013, I participated in the 7th World Ocean Forum in Korea.  That same year my book was translated into Korean.  I took the balance of the year to completely re-fit the ORV Alguita, armoring the hull against collision with large debris and enclosing her propellers in cages.  This was in preparation for the 2014 Summer Expedition to the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.  

In the fall of 2012, I embarked on my “Plastic Pollution Conversation Pacific Rim Tour” giving presentations in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Oahu.

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