Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, co-founders of the 5 Gyres Institute, will reveal new data on plastic pollution across US National Parks, and share additional research on plastic pollution in the world's oceans. 5 Gyres’ most recent project, Plastic-Free Parks TrashBlitz, mobilizes volunteers around the country to document plastic waste at U.S. National Parks using the TrashBlitz research platform. The data will contribute to a report, highlighting the most common items and brands found, to support legislation to reduce single-use plastic in our protected spaces. Outdoor Media Summit attendees will be among the first to hear findings from this report.
The 5 Gyres Institute is a leader in the global movement against plastic pollution with more than 10 years of expertise in scientific research and engagement on plastic pollution issues. Since 2009, the team has completed 19 expeditions, bringing more than 300 citizen scientists, corporate executives, brands, and celebrities to the gyres, lakes, and rivers to conduct first-hand research on plastic pollution. Through this research, 5 Gyres engages diverse stakeholders in understanding the science to drive impact as well as conduct community outreach and citizen science to implement data-driven solutions.