Institute to present pollution lecture

Chanelle Sladics

Posted on April 07 2014

SAN MARCOS — Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen, co-founders of environmental organization 5 Gyres, will deliver a public lecture on the growing hazard of plastic pollution Tuesday at Texas State University.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring any personal care products that contain micro-beads as part of the first-ever “takeback” event held nationwide.

The 5 Gyres Institute advocates for a planet free of plastic pollution. A non-profit organization, 5 Gyres is dedicated to researching the issue of plastics in the world’s oceans and engaging communities in systemic change. In 2011, 5 Gyres completed the first global survey of plastic marine pollution, finding evidence of plastic across all five subtropical “gyres” — oceanic current systems where plastic waste accumulates.

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