On Wednesday, February 1, SFU Vancouver, Sustainable SFU, and the SFU Sustainability Network, are proud to host a free community event for students, staff, faculty and the public. Learn about the Great North Pacific Garbage Patch, from the man who first discovered the problem, Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.
Estimated at three million tons of plastic debris in the Northeast Pacific, between Hawaii and the West Coast, the Great North Pacific Garbage Patch is roughly two million square miles in size.
In 2009, a U.N. joint commission estimated that 6.4 million metric tons of plastic waste currently pollutes the oceans. The U.N. also estimated that five million pieces of plastic enter the oceans from land each day.
Captain Moore’s talk is free, and takes place in the Labatt Room at Harbour Centre (room 1700) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1. A question and answer period will immediately follow Moore’s talk.