Posts Tagged ‘Algalita Marine Research Foundation’

Water, Water Everywhere …

In August 2008, Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal, members of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, set sail from Los Angeles for Honolulu on “JUNKraft” – a vessel created using 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessna 310 – in the name of plastic pollution awareness.

Along their 2,600 mile, 3-month journey, Marcus and Joel skimmed the ocean surface for marine debris – and came away with 100 samples of visual proof of the toxic soup being cooked up by the pervading presence of plastic in our oceans.

“It gives me a profound sense that there is no place and no life form on earth that isn’t being affected by the onslaught of synthetic chemicals that humans are releasing into the environment.”

- Joel Paschal

To follow the path and read more about JUNK’s journey and discoveries, visit www.junkraft.com.  And keep your eye out for the JUNKriders as they embark on a cycling / speaking tour from Vancouver, BC to Tijuana, Mexico this spring to continue spreading the word about plastic marine debris impact.