THIS WEEK: March 26, 2011

Posted by — March 26, 2011 9:32 am

FIRST Off: I think one of the the biggest stories this week is 5Gyres expedition to the South Pacific Gyre. Andy Keller is part of that team. Andy plans to keep us informed about the trip. Here is Andy’s first post on March 21st. Another huge story was the 5th International Marine Debris Conference held this week in Honolulu, HI. According to the website, approximately 8 million pieces of marine litter enter the world’s oceans every day. The six-day event was organized cooperatively by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Conference brought together the world’s leading experts and researchers in marine debris.

The Conference highlighted new advances in marine debris research and also saw the creation of a cooperative action plan for reducing marine debris. Read about the Honolulu Commitment at the UN News website. Learn more by visiting

REMINDER: Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 pm is Earth Hour. Turn off your lights (wherever you are) for sixty minutes. This is a time to show your support for the environment and take a stand for the planet. Go to to learn more about how to participate. The site also proposes other ideas that can be done after Earth Hour ends.

Who Says No One Wants A Plastic Bag Ban?
A quick search of Facebook reveals that numerous cities and grassroots movements all over the globe want to ban plastic bags. Here are a few:
>> Bag It Bellingham
>> Bag It Boulder
>> No More Plastic Bags Please
>> Support A Galveston Ban On Plastic Bags
>> Ban Plastic Bags Edinburg
>> Ban The Bag Portland

Hey thanks for joining us THIS WEEK! See you next week.

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