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Junk Raft - An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution

Marcus Eriksen

An exciting account of an activist scientist's unorthodox fight in the growing movement against plastic marine pollution and of his expedition across the Pacific on a home-made "junk raft" News media brought the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"—the famous swirling gyre of plastic pollution in the ocean—into the public consciousness. But when Marcus Eriksen cofounded the 5 Gyres Institute with his wife, Anna Cummins, and set out to study the world's oceans with hundreds of volunteers, they discovered a "plastic smog" of microscopic debris that permeates our oceans globally, defying simple clean-up efforts. What's more, these microplastics and their toxic chemistry have seeped into the food chain, threatening marine life and humans alike. Far from being a gloomy treatise on an environmental catastrophe, though, Junk Raft tells the exciting story of Eriksen and his team's fight to solve the problem of plastic pollution. A scientist, activist, and inveterate adventurer, Eriksen is drawn to the sea by a desire to right an environmental injustice. Against long odds and common sense, he and his co-navigator, Joel Paschal, construct a "junk raft" made of plastic trash and set themselves adrift from Los Angeles to Hawaii, with no motor or support vessel, confronting perilous cyclones, food shortages, and a fast decaying raft. As Eriksen recounts his struggles to keep afloat, he immerses readers in the deep history of the plastic pollution crisis and the movement that has arisen to combat it. The proliferation of cheap plastic products during the twentieth century has left the world awash in trash. Meanwhile, the plastics industry, with its lobbying muscle, fights tooth and nail against any changes that would affect its lucrative status quo, instead defending poorly designed products and deflecting responsibility for the harm they cause. But, as Eriksen shows, the tide is turning in the battle to save the world's oceans. He recounts the successful efforts that he and many other activists are waging to fight corporate infl

An exciting account of an activist scientist's unorthodox fight in the growing movement against plastic marine pollution and of his expedition across the Pacific on a home-made "junk raft" News media brought the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"—the famous swirling gyre of plastic pollution in the ocean—into the public consciousness. But when Marcus Eriksen cofounded the 5 Gyres Institute with his wife, Anna Cummins, and set out to study the world's oceans with hundreds of volunteers, they discovered a "plastic smog" of microscopic debris that permeates our oceans globally, defying simple clean-up efforts. What's more, these microplastics and their toxic chemistry have seeped into the food chain, threatening marine life and humans alike. Far from being a gloomy treatise on an environmental catastrophe, though, Junk Raft tells the exciting story of Eriksen and his team's fight to solve the problem of plastic pollution. A scientist, activist, and inveterate adventurer, Eriksen is drawn to the sea by a desire to right an environmental injustice. Against long odds and common sense, he and his co-navigator, Joel Paschal, construct a "junk raft" made of plastic trash and set themselves adrift from Los Angeles to Hawaii, with no motor or support vessel, confronting perilous cyclones, food shortages, and a fast decaying raft. As Eriksen recounts his struggles to keep afloat, he immerses readers in the deep history of the plastic pollution crisis and the movement that has arisen to combat it. The proliferation of cheap plastic products during the twentieth century has left the world awash in trash. Meanwhile, the plastics industry, with its lobbying muscle, fights tooth and nail against any changes that would affect its lucrative status quo, instead defending poorly designed products and deflecting responsibility for the harm they cause. But, as Eriksen shows, the tide is turning in the battle to save the world's oceans. He recounts the successful efforts that he and many other activists are waging to fight corporate infl
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An exciting account of an activist scientist's unorthodox fight in the growing movement against plastic marine pollution and of his expedition across the Pacific on a home-made "junk raft" News media brought the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"—the famous swirling gyre of plastic pollution in the ocean—into the public consciousness. But when Marcus Eriksen cofounded the 5 Gyres Institute with his wife, Anna Cummins, and set out to study the world's oceans with hundreds of volunteers, they discovered a "plastic smog" of microscopic debris that permeates our oceans globally, defying simple clean-up efforts. What's more, these microplastics and their toxic chemistry have seeped into the food chain, threatening marine life and humans alike. Far from being a gloomy treatise on an environmental catastrophe, though, Junk Raft tells the exciting story of Eriksen and his team's fight to solve the problem of plastic pollution. A scientist, activist, and inveterate adventurer, Eriksen is drawn to the sea by a desire to right an environmental injustice. Against long odds and common sense, he and his co-navigator, Joel Paschal, construct a "junk raft" made of plastic trash and set themselves adrift from Los Angeles to Hawaii, with no motor or support vessel, confronting perilous cyclones, food shortages, and a fast decaying raft. As Eriksen recounts his struggles to keep afloat, he immerses readers in the deep history of the plastic pollution crisis and the movement that has arisen to combat it. The proliferation of cheap plastic products during the twentieth century has left the world awash in trash. Meanwhile, the plastics industry, with its lobbying muscle, fights tooth and nail against any changes that would affect its lucrative status quo, instead defending poorly designed products and deflecting responsibility for the harm they cause. But, as Eriksen shows, the tide is turning in the battle to save the world's oceans. He recounts the successful efforts that he and many other activists are waging to fight corporate infl

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Cronin

Length:

8h 6m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:56


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:19


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:57


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:02


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:30


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:08


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:58


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:54


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:02


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:17


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:00


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:59


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:07


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:13


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:07


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

00:42