103) Why we need a prevention-based solution to plastic and microplastic pollution with 5 Gyres Institute's Dr. Marcus Eriksen
Published January 15, 2019
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    Why are plastic pieces so problematic when they end up in our oceans? How can focusing on preventative solutions to tackling plastic and micro-plastic pollution help us to more effectively address this global issue?

     

    Sharing his wisdom here is Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Co-founder and Research Director of 5 Gyres Institute. In this episode, you’ll hear about his research on microplastic pollution leading to the passing of our federal Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015; why he thinks we need to focus more on stopping plastic from entering our waterways in the first place instead of on cleaning up plastics already in our oceans; and more. Let’s dive in.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS

    [4:21] Marcus discusses his active deployment in the Gulf War and how seeing the ecological impact of war affected him.

    [5:30] Marcus: "I've got to preserve and conserve the world around me. That's my duty; that's what's worth fighting for."

    [8:16] How the 5 Gyres Institute fought for (and won) the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. 

    [14:07] Marcus speaks on the linear waste system and how that system needs to change into a circular system.

    [25:45] How the burden of pollution has changed from resting on the consumers' shoulders alone to consumers sharing the load with corporations.

    [27:19] Kamea: "It's important for us all to also know that we all have to work together. It's consumers; it's businesses; it's governments. We have to all collaborate with each other."

     

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