May 28, 2009

JunkRide 2009


The other night there was a great event in San Francisco with the Algalita Marine Research Foundation about Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash between California and Hawaii.

The Algalita Marine Research Foundation, founded by Capt. Charles Moore, was one of the first groups to bring attention to the problem of disposable plastics, most notably seen in the Pacific Garbage Patch.

I wasn't able to attend, as much as I would have liked to. The group was in town as they are in the midst of their JunkRide 2009. They are biking over 2000 miles down the Pacific Coast, from Canada to Mexico in an effort to raise awareness and give presentations about plastics in the ocean.

Last year, they made a raft out of 15,000 plastic bottles and sailed it from Los Angeles to Honolulu. You can search You Tube for videos about that expedition, including an interview with Martha Stewart when they returned (see, their message is really getting out)!

The Foundation has a great list of Frequently Asked Questions on their website.

I don't know about you, but their efforts really do make me think twice about using plastic.

1 comment:

Zan said...

Dear Mom,

Thank YOU for helping to spread the JUNKride message. Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen, the two "JUNKriders," met with SF Mayor Gavin Newsom last week in their quest is to end the age of disposable plastics. They'll be making another gyre trip to advance Algalita's research, so stay tuned!