We’ve all heard the staggering statistic that by 2050, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. On March 30, the South Carolina Aquarium’s Holland Lifelong Learning series held their finale at the Francis Marion Hotel, focusing on this pressing issue. Esteemed experts with professional perspectives of global and domestic policy, marine science, corporate innovation, and grassroots mobilization collaborated to foster positive dialogue, exploring diverse and innovative perspectives on this growing threat to our planet’s health.
Watch the night’s keynote and panel in full below:
The evening began with a keynote from Judith Enck, environmental policy expert and former Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Judith’s presentation focused on an in-depth look at the plastic pollution crisis and current innovations occurring in various locations of the United States.
A panel discussion followed, led by Vipe Desai, an Ocean Champions board member and CEO of HDX Hydration Mix, aimed at raising awareness of positive innovations and actions we, as the public, could implement in our everyday life.
- Marcus Eriksen – Co-founder and Director of Research, 5 Gyres Institute
- Chelsea Rochman – Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
- Doug Woodring – Co-founder, Ocean Recovery Alliance
- John Bradburn – Global Manager of Waste Reduction, General Motors
Immediately following the event, Aquarium supporters, community leaders and plastic pollution experts convened at the Annual Watershed Dinner, the Aquarium’s annual event celebrating Watershed Campaign accomplishments from the last year, and acknowledging the steadfast support of our members and donors.
Interested in attending another Holland Lifelong Learning event? Join us for the third season, kicking off in September! Holland Lifelong Learning is made possible by the generous support of Mary and Mason Holland and their commitment to the Watershed Campaign