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.
Captivating audiences through film, literature and art, this tour seeks to show the world that living a zero-waste lifestyle is the key to saving our oceans. Elements of the JUNK Tour include speakers, movie screenings, book readings and an art exhibit. Proceeds from this tour will support Leap Lab, a next generation science center.
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Director, Chris Jones, has taken footage from the journey aboard JUNK in 2008 and transformed it into the captivating story that educates audiences of all ages
about the adventure these two men went on to show the world why we should be concerned about plastic pollution.
Marcus Eriksen details his voyage aboard JUNK in his book JUNK RAFT, succinctly capturing the adventure of being adrift at sea surrounded by an endless ocean of plastic pollution.
JUNK RAFT was named by Forbes as one of the 10 best environmental, climate science and conservation books of 2017.
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This exhibit was created to help showcase the global crisis of plastic pollution, which is especially important for those who have not seen it first hand. Each piece in this exhibit is a cast of an Ocean Hero made from recycled plastic.