Save Our Shores and The Sanctuary Exploration Center are co-hosting a free lecture by plastic researcher and author Captain Charles Moore at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at The Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.

Save Our Shores invites the community to attend a free lecture by plastic researcher and science writer Captain Charles Moore, author of “Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans.” Moore was the first to discover the swirling soup of plastic debris in the Pacific’s north eastern gyre – known by many as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.Captain Charles Moore's book, Plastic Ocean

Moore is a lifelong sailor who grew up boating in Long Beach, California, swimming in Alamitos Bay and sailing to remote places locations including Guadalupe Island and Hawai’i. Throughout his lifetime, he’s witnessed the decline of many coastal marine ecosystems. In response to pollution in the Pacific Ocean, Moore founded the Algalita Marine Research and Education Foundation. Since 1999, Algalita has been a leading research organization focused on plastic pollution and its impacts on marine life and ecosystems.

Count on Captain Charles Moore to tell it like it is. In 1997, while returning home from Hawaii, Moore discovered that the North Pacific Ocean was becoming “a disgusting, plastic cesspool.” That encounter with civilization’s “plastic footprint” redefined Algalita’s focus and reignited a new mission for Moore; to reduce global ocean plastic pollution. Captain Moore continues to traverse the oceans to assess the real impact of plastic in our seas. His conclusion? He’s recently returned from his 2014 voyage with some disturbing news- the magnitude of plastics is increasing approximately 10 fold every 10 years.

Captain Charles Moore researching plastic at seaMoore won the 2014 Peter Benchley Ocean Award “Hero of the Seas”, and has been featured as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch expert on “Nightline”, National Public Radio, Rolling StoneThe Wall Street Journal, NBC, CBS, CNN and more.

“Imagine uncovering an environmental issue that nobody knew anything about, nobody talked about, nobody could explain,” said Rachel Kippen, SOS Program Manager. “Moore literally uncovered plastic pollution in the Pacific Gyre. He asks us to look at this pollution from every perspective and foster critical thinking toward solutions beyond beach cleanups. I encourage anyone who has ever thought twice about plastic to come hear about it from the man who ignited the movement.”

Guests will enjoy free appetizers, beer and mingling beginning at 5:30 p.m. Moore will start his hour-long lecture at 6:30 p.m., followed by questions and an opportunity for discussion and book signing.

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