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Surfrider looks at problem of plastic pollution in our oceans

September 1, 2011

Stiv Wilson of the 5 Gyres Institute engages the audience about creating awareness for plastics in the world's oceans.

NARRAGANSETT—Seventy percent of the world's surface is covered by ocean, and only ten percent has been explored. There are deep trenches and reefs, alongside small, remote islands which are unknown, including the habitats that surround them. Yet even in parts of the ocean which humans themselves have not touched, mankind's presence still pervades in the form of plastics.

The Rhode Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, with support from the Department of Natural Resources Science at URI, held a talk Thursday evening about the present and future impacts of plastics in our world's oceans. "The Real Garbage Patch: Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans," was presented by Stiv Wilson, Communications Director for the environmental awareness group 5 Gyres Institute.

"Stiv has spent months and months at sea on voyages sampling for marine plastics," said Kira Stilwell, "He has been the long-term coordinator for the Rise Above Plastics Campaign, and is also a consultant for the United Nations. He is a rock star, an activist rock star."

For more information about plastics in our oceans, pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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