In 2008, marine scientists Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal drifted 88 days at sea, from California to Hawaii, on a raft made of a Cessna 310 Aircraft fuselage perched atop 15,000 plastic bottles. They called it JUNK.
The purpose of the 2600 mile voyage was to build public awareness and inspire a movement to save our seas from plastic pollution. This adventure launched the 5 Gyres Institute, which has led over 20 ocean expeditions around the world to research plastic pollution. The mix of research, advocacy and wide collaborations led to successful policy and public awareness campaigns to solve the problem.
Today, there is a smog of microplastics permeating the globe, with over 700 species worldwide threatened by plastic pollution either through ingestion or entanglement. The JUNK journey explores what we can do to stop this global plastic waste crisis.
Marcus Eriksen details the voyage aboard JUNK in the book JUNK RAFT, succinctly capturing the adventure of he and Joel being adrift at sea surrounded by an endless ocean of plastic pollution.
This exhibit was created to help showcase the global crisis of plastic pollution. Each piece in this exhibit is a cast of an Ocean Hero made from recycled plastic.
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