Rapidly increasing production of plastics for bottles, containers, clothing and other materials has led to an equally rapid input of such plastics into our air, land, rivers and oceans. The problem is compounded by the production of microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic small enough to be inhaled or ingested without notice by humans and other organisms.
UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography scientist Jay Brandes will explore ways to come to grips with this issue in an Evening @ Skidaway talk, titled “22,000 Pieces of Plastic in the Ocean for Every Person on Earth: How Did We Get Here?,” on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Skidaway Institute.
“I will discuss these issues and how research at UGA Skidaway Institute is providing clues as to the origins and possible reduction of these tiny pollutants in our local Georgia environment,” Brandes said.
The program will be presented to an in-person audience as well as online. The in-person program will be presented in the McGowan Library on the UGA Skidaway Marine Science Campus (10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, Georgia, 31411). The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7 p.m.
To view the program online, visit the UGA Skidaway Institute YouTube channel.
The program is open to the public and free of charge.