Friday, August 20, 2010

[RE-POST] Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Hi Everyone - We're just re-posting this email from Plastic Pollution Coalition...Good stuff and a sounds like a great event if anyone is Southern California in early November....Thanks for taking a look!
...from Plastic Pollution Coalition...
We are pleased to announce that on Saturday, November 6, 2010, Plastic Pollution Coalition will host TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: The Global Plastic Pollution Crisis, in Santa Monica, California, at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events where people share big ideas and become inspired. Although independently organized, all TEDx events follow the spirit of TED conferences. TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch is a one-day event that will bring together global thought leaders from the fields of technology, science, arts and entertainment, design, community activism and business in a dialog on the theme of "The Global Plastic Pollution Crisis".

In the past few years the world has taken notice of the Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, a gyre of trash estimated to be at a minimum the size of the state of Texas and possibly as large at the United States. 90% of this trash patch is comprised of plastic. And there are similar areas of plastic pollution throughout the world - in all the world's oceans, in seemingly unlikely places like the Arabian Desert, along some of the most pristine beaches of the world, in our cities, in our rivers, and in our bodies. Plastic pollution affects every one of us.

TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch is a forum where issue experts, youth leaders, 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 a commitment to keep a low carbon footprint, and to encourage and empower global engagement and action, this important event will be streamed live to locations around the world. Please contact us if you are interested in organizing a virtual event. Locations will be listed on the website as they are added. A live webcast of the event will be available on the day of the event through the website.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Captain Charles Moore, David de Rothschild, Jackson Browne, Alec Loorz, Fran Drescher and Ed Begley Jr. are just some of the presenters already scheduled to speak at the forum. As additional presenters are finalized, they will be added to the event website.

A limited number of TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch individual and corporate sponsorships are available. Please contact Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani at +1-202-997-8400, or visit the event website.

Join us at TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch on Facebook or follow via Twitter at

For more information, contact us at, or call (510) 394-5772.

Plastic Pollution Coalition2150 Allston Way, Suite 460Berkeley, California 94704 (510) 394-577

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