Captain Charles Moore was sailing the Pacific in 1997 when he came across a large patch of plastic trash. His discovery shocked him, and compelled him to do research on the amount of trash in the ocean.
His recent findings are alarming: much of of the world's plastic waste has ended up off the western coast of the United States and the eastern coast of the Philippines. One floating garbage heap contains 3.5 million tons of junk, 80 percent of which is plastic.
Captain Moore talks to Dick about the problems plastic waste causes for marine and plant life, and why it's crucial to change the way we use plastic now.
- Visit the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, where Captain Moore works
- Watch a video clip explaining why plastic in the ocean is a problem