Captain Charles Moore and Plastic Ocean

Captain Charles Moore and Plastic Ocean

A couple of months back, I had the privilege of hearing Capt. Charles Moore speak in person. His presentation was about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that he accidentally encountered in 1997.

Since the discovery, he has returned several times to research and study the effects of plastic in our oceans. Capt. Moore's knowledge is vast and he was so adept at explaining how the Garbage Patch is actually plastic soup.

The event I attended was in Pawley's Island, South Carolina and was coordinated by Goffinet McLaren. Capt. Moore also took time to sign his new book, Plastic Ocean, for many of the event's attendees.

Prior to his presentation, Capt. Moore spent close to an hour with a group of students from Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is located about an hour away in Columbia, South Carolina.

As we all know, the plastic soup in our oceans is caused by humans. If we can teach our children planet-friendly eco habits while they are young, they will not pollute the ocean and the environment as we have done with our habits.

It was a great event and Capt. Moore helped us understand the many facets of our lives that plastic affects. He explained how chemicals from plastic gets into our human bodies through the food chain. Fish consume the plastic particles because they resemble their food. If the fish eat the plastics, then we eat the fish, we will have plastics in our system.

He also talked about endocrine disruptors from plastic bottled mineral water and how Bisphenol A (BPA) affects human health. Read: Endocrine disruptors in bottled mineral water.

Order Capt. Moore's new book, Plastic Ocean, and learn more about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch at www.algalita.org.

Watch the video from Vice.com: Garbage Island