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Plastic in Subtropical Gyres -2017

Plastic in Bay of Bengal - 2018

Flame retardants in South Atlantic fish

Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans

Plastic in the South Pacific Gyre

Relationship of diversity and habitat

area in North Pacific plastic -

associated rafting communities


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 help build a movement to save our seas from plastic pollution. 

A global grassroots movement has now emerged and is demanding the same things: corporate responsibility for the endgame of what they make.  Communities around the world are awash in trash, and are tired of being blamed for it, or expected to pay for cleanup.  Zero waste communities are growing around the world, leading the way for a sustainable future.


But there's a great divide between how industry sees the future and what the movement demands.  This book is not only a story of adventure, but a vision of how we bridge that divide.  It's a story about how we save our seas, and ourselves. 


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 his journey on a homemade raft kept afloat by 232 empty soda bottles and recycled junk. 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

“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


Japan Tsunami debris 2013


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