Brown Symposium

A Plastic Ocean

Southwestern’s Brown Symposium XXXIX will host a film screen and discussion of A Plastic Ocean Wednesday, February 27 from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. at Southwestern’s Alma Thomas Theatre. 

A Plastic Ocean

Journalist Craig Leeson and a group of divers and researchers explore how plastic pollution has resulted in the fragility of our oceans—and the solutions that can help save our open waters.

If it was happening in one gyre, Leeson suspected it was happening in all of them. But he needed experts to prove it.

Scientists were brought in at each stage to analyze the findings from one part of the story to add their data to the overall report on the five gyres.

In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

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