Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution by Marcus Eriksen

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News media brought the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"--the famous swirling gyre of plastic pollution in the ocean--into the public consciousness. But when Marcus Eriksen cofounded the 5 Gyres Institute with his wife, Anna Cummins, and set out to study the world's oceans with hundreds of volunteers, they discovered a "plastic smog" of microscopic debris that permeates our oceans globally, defying simple clean-up efforts. What's more, these microplastics and their toxic chemistry have seeped into the food chain, threatening marine life and humans alike.

Far from being a gloomy treatise on an environmental catastrophe, though, Junk Raft tells the exciting story of Eriksen and his team's fight to solve the problem of plastic pollution. A scientist, activist, and inveterate adventurer, Eriksen is drawn to the sea by a desire to right an environmental injustice. Against long odds and common sense, he and his co-navigator, Joel Paschal, construct a "junk raft" made of plastic trash and set themselves adrift from Los Angeles to Hawaii, with no motor or support vessel, confronting perilous cyclones, food shortages, and a fast decaying raft.

As Eriksen recounts his struggles to keep afloat, he immerses readers in the deep history of the plastic pollution crisis and the movement that has arisen to combat it. The proliferation of cheap plastic products during the twentieth century has left the world awash in trash. Meanwhile, the plastics industry, with its lobbying muscle, fights tooth and nail against any changes that would affect its lucrative status quo, instead defending poorly designed products and deflecting responsibility for the harm they cause.

But, as Eriksen shows, the tide is turning in the battle to save the world's oceans. He recounts the successful efforts that he and many other activists are waging to fight corporate influence and demand that plastics producers be held accountable. Junk Raft provides concrete, actionable solutions and an empowering message: it's within our power to change the throw-away culture for the sake of our planet.

Title : Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution
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ISBN : 0807056405
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 216 pages


Pamela rated it ★★★☆☆

August 28, 2017

The message reinforced throughout the book is highly important. I'll never look at plastics, and or 'trash' the same way again. Despite recycling, there is so much more at stake riding under the radar than most consumers realize. Every single thing we buy, will, at some point, come to the end of...

Mrs. Europaea rated it ★★★★★

March 28, 2017

As someone who stays awake at night due to anxiety-induced insomnia over our current pollution problem and what affect it will have on my children’s future, I was highly anticipating the publication of Junk Raft. Erikson gives a thorough account of our plastic pollution problem in Junk Raft tha...

Lynn rated it ★★★★☆

September 01, 2017

Marcus Eriksen is a naturalist who saw that plastic was affecting wildlife so much, he became a scientist. In 2008, he sailed on a boat made of plastic bottles and bags to bring awareness to the public the effect of plastic on the the oceans and lakes. In this book, he tells his tale of his journ...

Dlmrose rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2017


Peggy rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

At the outset, author Marcus Eriksen exposes the truth behind the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, supposedly floating between California and Hawaii that is twice the size of Texas. In 1997, Captain Charles Moore’s actual discovery was billions upon billions of tiny, colored plastic particles -- from...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

December 08, 2017

This is a perceptive examination of the proliferation of plastic pollution in the world - focussed primarily on plastics in the world's oceans. The author and a friend sailed a raft from L.A. to Hawaii to highlight the problem of plastic pollution -hence the name Junk Raft. The raft was supported...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

December 31, 2017

Junk Raft tackles a wide range of myths about pollution, plastics, and recycling, painting a picture of our world's trash & plastics issues against a backdrop of grassroots organizations, a large raft made of 'junk', and hope for a sustainable world. And, yes, it's a lot. There are chapters h...

Jill rated it ★★★★★

September 17, 2017

Marcus Eriksen is a man on a mission, which he sums up in the Prologue as “…to end the throwaway culture” (p. x). “Easier said than done,” the cynic might snort. However, the author is enough of a pragmatist to realize that the human race has no other choice. Either we clean up our act or we drow...

Cavak rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2018

Activism at its finest: informative, firsthand, respectful, and concise. If you weren't aware about the potential dangers of plastic or microbeads in our world, then this book will do plenty to inform you about them without the condescending tone some other activism books may have. He is raw and...

Lucy rated it ★★★☆☆

September 10, 2017

I picked this book up thinking that it would be about the author's voyage from California to Hawaii aboard a raft made from thousands of plastic bottles, which sounded fascinating. Erikson is a clever fellow, surely knowing that there would be many readers just like me who would be drawn to an ad...

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