Watch Sylvia Earle, Fabien Cousteau, Van Jones, others explore plastic pollution and the ocean
Plastic pollution, while sometimes funny in theory, pretty much always sucks the life out of, well, life. No more so than in the ocean, which is starting to look a lot like a garbage disposal.
Fortunately, some people refuse to accept this load of garbage. Activists, innovators, explorers, and artists are gathering in Los Angeles on November 6 for TEDx:GreatPacificGarbagePatch, an independently organized TED event. It’s featuring a day jam-packed with videos and live speeches from such famous ocean-lovers and plastic-pollution-haters as Her Deepness Sylvia Earle, plastic-boat sailor and heir David de Rothschild, former “green jobs czar” Van Jones, discoverer of the Pacific Garbage Patch Captain Charles Moore, 3rd-generation sea-explorer Fabien Cousteau, advocate for the plastic-free life Beth Terry, and photographic artist/activist Chris Jordan.
This event aims to be:
a forum where issue experts, youth leaders, activists, 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.
In addition to live-streaming this event, the organizers put together a REFUSE campaign to refuse plastic refuse. It encourages the “4 R’s”:
- Refuse: Say no to single-use and disposable plastics
- Reduce: Cut waste whenever possible
- Reuse: Reuse nontoxic containers (read: not plastic)
- Recycle: It’s the one next to the trash can
Watch the whole day of events, starting at 8 a.m. Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 6, live here: