Algalita and Captain Moore to Launch the Plastic Pollution Conversation Pacific Rim Tour 2012

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"Plastic Ocean" author launches Pacific Rim tour to discuss latest science about plastic pollution in the ocean, including recent research on tsunami debris

In association with Algalita Marine Research Institute, Captain Charles Moore prepares for the first in a series of presentations and dialogue meetings titled The Plastic Pollution Conversation, to be held at locations across the Pacific Rim, beginning September 8 in Tokyo.

The Tour format is modeled for building a worldwide network of people committed to making a positive difference in the health of our oceans. His presentation will include discussion of the newly added chapter to his acclaimed book, Plastic Ocean, now available in paperback. He will also be discussing the recently completed Algalita/5 Gyres 2012 Asia Pacific Expedition through the Western Pacific Garbage Patch and the southern edge of the 2011 tsunami material swept to sea making its way across the North Pacific Gyre.

Screenings of a 2012 Cannes award winning environmental film will be part of the Tour. The goal for this project is to raise the intensity of awareness about plastic pollution, its impact, the challenges it presents and motivate individuals and groups to effect change. To quote Captain Moore, “...the world must be convinced to cease using its oceans as the final resting place for its waste….” The chain reaction ignited by these events will increase the chance to heal the seas now at risk due to our carelessness and lack of forethought.

“The Plastic Pollution Conversation must continue with an ever louder voice” says Moore. His vision is to increase the volume of that voice in a fundamental rethinking of the plastic age and the associated growing global health crisis.

The present itinerary includes Tokyo, Keio Intermediate School, September 9; NHK Press Conference, September 10; Hong Kong, Green Drinks, September 12; Australia, September 17-25; New Zealand, September 26 - October 6 ; and Hawaii, October 8-14. Additional venues in these countries are in development. For further information, please visit The Plastic Pollution Conversation-Pacific Rim Tour 2012 .

About Algalita Marine Research Institute: The Algalita Marine Research Institute, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated t the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education and restoration. We do this by conducting research and collaborative studies on the distribution, abundance and fate of marine plastic pollution and the potential harmful effects of plastics in the marine environment, including transference of toxins and their impact on human health. For additional information and to learn more about Captain Moore, visit our website at or call 562-598-4889.

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