Agenda

8:30 am – Welcome to TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch

  • Daniella Russo: Plastic Pollution is Global, Massive and Urgent
  • Amy Novogratz: The Mission Blue Connection

9:00 am – Morning Session: Reporting The Problem

Topic 1: Plastic Pollution and Ocean Health

  • Capt. Charles Moore: Ten Years Later, the Gyre is All Around Us (video)
  • Dianna Cohen: Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution (video)
  • Anna Cummins and Marcus Ericsen: Five Gyres
  • Fabien Cousteau: Ocean Animals and Plastic Pollution (video)
  • Ben Lear: Music (video)

Topic 2: Plastic Pollution Around The Globe

  • Bharati Chaturvedi: Not Just the Ocean – A Report from India
  • David Wernery: In the Desert – A Report from the United Arab Emirates

Topic 3: Plastic Pollution and Environmental Justice

  • Van Jones: Environmental Justice (video)
  • Suja Lowenthal: The Growing Costs of Collection and Disposal (video)
  • Monica Wilson: Waste, Justice and Livelihoods (video)
  • Victoria Sloan Jordan: Poetry (video)

Topic 4: Plastic Pollution and Public Health

  • Arlene Blum: Plastic Pollution in Our Homes (video)
  • Ken Cook: Plastic Pollution in Our Bodies (video)
  • Jeanne Rizzo: The Breast Cancer Connection (video)
  • Stacy Malkan: Plastics Industry Makeover (video)

Topic 5: The Real Problem: Our Attitude

  • JD Russo: Awareness is Not Enough (video)
  • Chris Jordan: We Must Be The Change (video)

Lunch Break

1:30 pm – Afternoon Session: Exploring The Solutions

  • Fernando Pullum Jazz Band: Music (video)
  • Charlotte Weir Addresses The Audience (video)

Topic 6: Building Awareness and Outreach; Leading by example

  • Lila Roo: Dance Performance (video)
  • David de Rothschild: Tackling our Nature Deficiency Disorder (video)
  • Beth Terry: My Plastic-Free Life (video)
  • Jordan Howard: Organizing for Change (video)
  • Ed Begley, Jr: Living a Sustainable Life (video)

Topic 7: Getting Business on Board

  • Andy Behar: Engaging Business Through Shareholders (video)
  • Andy Keller: Business and Industry – Part of the Solution (video)

Topic 8: Policy Initiatives That Work

  • Lisa Boyle: Global Initiatives (video)
  • H.E. John Dramani Mahama: Ghana – a success story
  • Dr. Rose Mukankomeje: Rwanda’s ban on plastic (video)

Topic 9: Investing In the Future: Science, Research and Technology

  • Aimee Christensen: Design for the Future (video)
  • Patrick Kenney: Stopping The Flow of Toxic Plastic (video)
  • Ferris Thompson: Innovation Through Entrepreneurship (video)
  • Ellyn Maybe: poetry (video)

4:00 pm – Break

5:00 pm – Four Global Challenges

  • Inara George: Music
  • Erica Williams: To Individuals and Businesses (video)
  • Wallace “J” Nichols: To Manufacturers (video)
  • Leslie Tamminen: To Policy-makers and Political Leaders (video)
  • H. E. Stuart Beck: To Plastic Industry (video)

5:45 pm – Sylvia Earle: The Time for Change Has Arrived (video)

6:00 pm – Adjourn

Due to space limitation, attendance is by invitation only. We strongly encourage attending or organizing a watch party.

HOW TO ORGANIZE A WATCH PARTY: To host a watch party of the live online video broadcast of the event, please register your event with us. To find out more about watch parties, read the Plastic Pollution Coalition’s blog post on how to host a successful event.