IN CONTEXT

KEY FIGURE

Charles J. Moore (1947–)

BEFORE

1970s Scientists begin to research plastic litter at sea after reports in the journal Science describe large numbers of plastic pellets in the North Atlantic.

1984 The first International Marine Debris Conference, held in Hawaii, raises awareness of the growing problem of litter in the oceans.

AFTER

2016 The documentary A Plastic Ocean, directed by Australian journalist Craig Leeson, highlights the global effects of plastic pollution.

2018 The Earth Day Network, an organization committed to spreading the environmental movement worldwide, makes End Plastic Pollution the theme of Earth Day, ...

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