EXPLORING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEYOND IN PURSUIT OF PLASTIC

A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.

International science writer and artist Erica Cirino has sailed across the most polluted part of the eastern Pacific Ocean, documented the most polluted beach in Hawaii, met with world-class scientists in Denmark and Western New York, visited some of the most degraded ecosystems in Asia and the Caribbean and the people working to clean them, and is now preparing to sail again with researchers off California. Her purpose: Find out the truths about plastic pollution and what it’s doing to the planet, wildlife and people. Erica shares her testimony during her presentation, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic," a part of her "Go and See Tour" project.  

She is currently accepting new engagements. To request a presentation with Erica, please use the contact form below. Be sure to note the requested date of the presentation, as well as the general age of the audience.

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Upcoming presentations

  • 2017 LI Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, Stony Brook University - "Building a Community of Coastal Stewardship" - Endeavour Hall, Stony Brook, New York - 11:10am (Conference starts 8am)
  • Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, Setauket, New York - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 7pm (public)
  • Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild Lecture, Workshop and Art Show, Cutchogue, New York – Saturday, April 21 – time TBA (public)
  • Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society, Cold Spring Harbor Library, Cold Spring Harbor, New York - "Trashed Nets, Poisoned Bellies and Entangled Wings: A Bird's Eye View of Plastic Pollution" - Wednesday, May 9, 7pm (public)
  • North Fork Audubon Society, Peconic Community Center, Peconic, New York - "Trashed Nets, Poisoned Bellies and Entangled Wings: A Bird's Eye View of Plastic Pollution" - date/time TBA
  • Port Jefferson Free Library - Port Jefferson, New York - date/time TBA
  • Smithtown Public Library - Commack Branch, Commack, New York - date/time TBA (public)

Recent presentations 

  • Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut (two presentations)
  • American Cetacean Society, Monterey Bay, California
  • Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, Marina Del Ray, California 
  • The Explorers Club, NYC, New York
  • Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library, Cutchogue, New York
  • Quogue Library, Quogue, New York
  • Bayport-Blue Point Library, Blue Point, New York
  • Hampton Bays Public Library, Hampton Bays, New York
  • North Fork Environmental Council, Jamesport Meeting House, Riverhead, New York
  • Amagansett Free Library, Amagansett, New York
  • Via Aquarium, Schenectady, New York 
  • Northport Public Library, Northport, New York 
  • Molloy College Suffolk Center, Farmingdale, New York
  • Marist College, From the Field Lecture Series, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Island Trees High School - Island Trees, New York
  • Harborfields Public Library, Greenlawn, New York
  • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, Earthstock Alumni Panel
  • Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, New York, featured speaker at screening of "A Plastic Ocean" documentary
  • The Knox School, St. James, New York 
  • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, Featured Earthstock Lecture
  • Harborfields Public High School, Greenlawn, New York 
  • Northport High School, Northport, New York (two presentations)
  • Carolina Friends School, Durham, North Carolina
  • Cold Spring Harbor High School, Cold Spring Harbor, New York (two presentations)
 

Stories about plastic pollution by Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino. Microplastic on Kamilo Beach, Big Island, Hawaii, November 2016.

©Erica Cirino. Microplastic on Kamilo Beach, Big Island, Hawaii, November 2016.