“Plastic pollution is an international problem requiring world attention and cooperation.”
I have been a speaker and contributor to global and local conferences for over 15 years. Listed below are the most recent from 2012 to the present. 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.
On September 2 - 4 , 2016, I participated in the 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 done in preparation for the 2014 Summer Expedition to the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
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