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Episode 62


Marcus Eriksen received his Ph.D. in Science Education from University of Southern California, and his M.A. and B.S. from the University of New Orleans.

Currently Marcus Eriksen is AMRF's (Algalita Marine Research Foundation) Director of Research and Education, AMRF is a Non-profit, Independent Research Foundation

The Algalita Marine Research Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education, and restoration. The Algalita Marine Research Foundation is engaged solely in Protection of the marine environment and its watersheds, through investigative research on the impact of plastic marine pollution; and Providing authoritative, educational findings to the public, private and scientific communities.


We're talking about Earth Day and sustainability with Marcus Eriksen from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.

Nearly 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day celebration on April 22, 1970. In the decades since, Earth Day has spread across the globe with thousands of events in more than 180 countries.

From its beginning, the event influenced environmental politics, triggering such national legislation as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. "Earth Day is a commitment to make life better, not just bigger and faster," the organizers of the first celebration wrote in their manifesto. "It is a day to re-examine the ethic of individual progress at mankind's expense."

John McConnell’s Earth Day –March 20th 1970

McConnell’s vernal equinox—the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn in the southern hemisphere—because it is a day of renewal. Earth day continues to be honored by the United Nations. While attending the UNESCO Conference on the Environment in 1969, McConnell proposed the idea of a global holiday called Earth Day, an annual observance to remind people worldwide of their shared responsibility as environmental stewards and their common need to preserve Earth's natural resources.

Gaylord Nelson’s Earth Day – April 22, 1970

Senator Gaylord Nelson is given credit for founding Earth Day by the Environmental Protection Agency and on the Wilderness Society website. In the United States, Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22.

There are many ways that you can celebrate Earth Day alone and with others.

  • Plant trees. As the date also roughly coincides with U.S. Arbor Day, over time Earth Day has taken on the role of tree-planting. Planting trees helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cleans pollution, secures soil in place to prevent erosion, and provides homes for a lot of biodiversity.
  • Make nature crafts at school or home. Get together with your family and build a birdhouse or make a bird feeder to encourage the local bird population, which plays an important role in every ecosystem. Use objects that would've otherwise been thrown away to create beautiful works of art...Here, the possibilities are endless:
  • turn used guitar strings into a centerpiece,
  • make a basket from an old orange juice carton,
  • convert an old floppy disk into a Starship Enterprise,
  • or wear a skirt made out of old umbrellas
  • Learn more about the environment. Earth Day is a good time to make a commitment to learning more about the environment and how you can help to protect it. Borrow some library books and read up on an issue such as pollution, endangered species, water shortages, recycling, and climate change. Or, learn about a region you've never considered before, like the Arctic, the deserts, or the rainforests. Think about the issues that concern you the most and if you haven't done so already, join a local group that undertakes activities to help protect the environment in your area.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle all day long. Buy as little as possible and avoid items that come in lots of packaging. Support local growers and producers of food and products - these don't have to travel as far and so reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Take your drink container with you, and don't use any disposable plates or cutlery. Recycle all the things you do use for the day or find other uses for things that you no longer use. Carry a cloth bag for carrying things in and recycle your plastic bags.
  • Get children to recycle their old toys and games. By giving their old toys and games to younger children who could make use of them, older children learn two lessons: One is about giving to others and the second is about reusing and recycling instead of throwing things away
  • Rid litter. Rid litter from our roadways. Many groups use the weekend of Earth Day to clear roadways, highways and neighborhood streets of litter that has accumulated since the last clean-up day. Many companies donate gloves and bags for clean-up groups and villages organize bag pick ups. Once the group has collected the trash and placed the recycled bags along the road, get the village public works department to pick the bags up. It's a wonderful community project. Great for scout troops, rotary clubs and the like.
  • Wear green and/or brown. Dress in environmental colors for the day; think "tree"! Wear badges if you have them that carry pithy summaries of your environmental views.
  • Cook a special Earth Day meal. Plan a menu that uses locally produced foods, is healthy and has minimal impact on the environment.
  • Consider buying a carbon offset to make up for the greenhouse gas emissions you create on the other 364 days of the year. Carbon offsets fund reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through projects such as wind farms, that displaces energy from fossil fuels.
  • Ride your bike. Use your bicycle or other forms of human powered transportation to commute to work or school and to run errands.



The Algalita Marine Research Foundation continues to study the accumulation and impact of plastic marine debris on the world’s oceans.


JUNKraft, raft made from 15,000 plastic bottles, was sailed by Algalita staff from Long Beach, California to Hawaii during the summer of 2008 to bring attention to the issue of plastic marine debris.


JUNKride will follow two Algalita staff bicycling from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico to share 100’s of samples of the mid-Pacific Plastic soup with educators, organizations and legislators along the west coast of North America.

To learn more about the Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita visit our web site and find information on future projects, charters, rates, and volunteer registration.

The 5 Gyres Project is a partnership of organizations working to study, communicate, and solve the problem of plastic marine pollution.

SIMA is dedicated to keeping our oceans clean for the enjoyment of surfers and ocean lovers.

Dutch author, Jesse Goossens chronicles her research and her campaign about the global marine plastic pollution problem. Goossens created this chronicle during her research in the United States and Europe. The blog includes commentaries and interviews with people who are knowledgeable about the problem, and who offer their perspectives and approaches to finding a solution to the problem. The blog was originally published in Dutch and almost simultaneously translated into English to provide a global audience with access to this information.

At the same time as Dutch author, Jesse Goossens, was researching the plastic pollution problem and writing her blog (described above), she was busy creating a book about the issue titled "Plastic Soup." Goossens traveled to the United States to get an idea about the scope of the plastic pollution problem, and to try and find a global solution.

The CoastKeeper is dedicated to the principal that protecting the waters of Orange County is the job of everyone.

International Marine Mammal Project is leading the effort to stop the slaughter of dolphins, to end commercial whaling and to end the use of drift nets worldwide.

This site was developed to provide information and increase knowledge about the Santa Monica Bay.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting our oceans, waves and beaches.

It is the joint initiative of Greek seafarers and shipowners who declared in 1982 in Piraeus that they voluntarily undertake the responsibility to eliminate ship-generated marine pollution and enhance safety at sea.

Weblog for the employees, friends and customers of the outdoor clothing company Patagonia.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium/museum dedicated to promoting knowledge and awareness of the marine life of Southern California through recreational, educational, and research programs.

The mission of EarthEcho International is to accomplish a measurable reduction in the damage to and loss of natural resources and habitat among the world’s oceans.

The California Coastal Commision's Public Education Program works to increase public knowledge of coastal and marine resources and to engage the public in coastal protection and restoration activities.

This innovative company to markets a revolutionary soy-based plastic, SoyPlus(TM), that has wide ranging possibilities for thousands of businesses and millions of consumers.

The goal of is to provide useful information to people on limited budgets, who would not obtain this information otherwise. is to be used as a nonprofit research tool. There are presently over 4,300 files, and that number grows daily.

Channel G's mission is to maximize funding & awareness for nonprofit projects that focus on environmental, social and health-related issues.

This links directly to the article Plastics: Your Formidable Enemy Questioning exposure, recycling, biodegradability, alternatives

  • Friends of the Ocean

A global alliance of environmental, science, educational and media organizations with the single common goal of reaching the world masses with accurate and honest, no-hype information concerning the state of the oceans and its' marine inhabitants.

Thanks to the Los Angeles Chapter Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) for their contributions to our Foundation.

Macdonald Productions is a production company and stock footage library specializing in segments on subjects little known to human experience. We research and document innovative, ground-breaking science we believe improves human coexistence on planet earth.

A design firm nestled in the middle of Santa Cruz County. We design a range things from web sites to logos to trade show graphics to 3d animation. In addition to graphic design services we offer print brokering services and web hosting services.

The primary mission of The Society for Ocean Sciences is to inform the public of the delicate relationship between humans and the world's oceans. The Society aims to instill a deeper understanding of the current issues affecting our oceans and marine resources.

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