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

In 2008, two sailors drifted across the N. Pacific to Hawaii on a raft made from 15,000 plastic bottles tied in old fishing nets stuffed under a Cessna 310 Aircraft.  They called it JUNK, and the purpose of the 88 day, 2600 mile voyage was to build awareness and spark a movement to save our seas from plastic pollution. 

This book tells the story of Joel and Marcus surviving across an ocean.  At the same time, this book chronicles the story of Anna and Marcus.  While Anna served as "Mission Control" for the JUNK raft journey, she was also watching her husband sail away.  They reconnected in Hawaii and dedicated their lives to the Plastic Pollution issue, by founding the 5 Gyres Institute.  

Along the way they've sailed around the world and met the most amazing people that have built the movement to end plastic pollution.  They've battled bigger storms with the plastic industry, and witnessed scientists, small businesses and community organizers rise up to aggression.  All of the solutions have arrived, from communities rejecting polluting products, to innovative companies developing alternatives.  But, the old ways will not go easily into the sunset.

So if we are going to win this issue globally, we must continue to organize, resist and build the alternative systems and products that we want for the future. It's already happening and this book shows the way.

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My River Home

A classic American story of a young man’s return from war and his search for peace—while rafting the entire length of the Mississippi River.

 One August day, veteran Marcus Eriksen set off on a journey down the entire length of the great Mississippi River on a homemade raft kept afloat by 232 empty soda bottles, recycled junk, and a dose of ingenuity. Though he had never made such a trip before—2,000 miles from Lake Itasca, Minnesota, past his childhood home near New Orleans, to the Gulf of Mexico—he had dreamed of doing it over a decade earlier, while serving amid sandstorms and oil fires in Kuwait as a marine in the Gulf War.


Like Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Eriksen takes us on an extraordinary journey; home from war, chaos, and sorrow, down the mighty Mississippi. . . . A beautiful story of healing, hope, faith, and renewal. Eriksen searches to find meaning in all that has been lost and all that has been wasted.

—Ron Kovic, author of Born on the Fourth of July

“His is a complex, subtle portrait of what makes the warrior spirit-whether fighting for his country abroad or fighting for peace at home . . . Marcus Eriksen, a hero indeed, speaks for soldiers everywhere when he writes of the need for peace.

—Susan Larson, New Orleans Times-Picayune

All politicians considering war as a policy tool—especially those with no personal military experience—should read this book, and take special note of Marcus Eriksen’s epiphany as he wandered with his brother amongst Iraqi corpses during the Gulf War. ‘I’m glad it wasn’t us,’ says his brother. Eriksen, with the added perspective of the current Iraq War, finds devastating precision for his response: ‘But it was.’ The futility and tragedy of war is made agonizingly clear by the inspirational journeys recounted with searing elegance in My River Home.

—Peter Laufer, author of Mission Rejected: U. S. Soldiers Say No to Iraq

Introduction and Chapter 1
Chapter 4 – A Novice in Unfamiliar Territory

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