Marine plastic pollution: the science story

Marine plastic pollution is one of the hottest environmental topics of our time. The amount of plastic entering the ocean each year is estimated to be between 5 and 14 million tonnes globally, and rising. Alongside the wildlife and environmental implications, understanding of the connection between human activity and plastic pollution is growing. This event will explore the issue at both the local and global scale; highlighting research by ZSL’s #OneLess campaign and its Thames River plastic bottle monitoring programme, and reviewing what data have been generated to paint the global picture. Speakers will discuss the impacts on wildlife, people and coastal cities, and the links between plastic pollution and poverty. They will also explore some of the social-science and behavioural aspects of the movement to reduce single-use plastic in the context of marine plastic, and discuss where and how we should be focusing research and conservation interventions going forward.

Speakers include:

Sarah Nelms, University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Alice Chamberlain, Zoological Society of London

Imogen Napper, University of Plymouth

Heather Koldewey, Zoological Society of London

Chair: Claire McNulty, Senior Director, Europe, National Geographic Society

Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required. 
  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map
  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274
  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.
  • The ZSL Library will be open before the event. Please join us for a talk at 4.45pm: 'An introduction to ZSL Library's Special Collections'. Please contact for further information.


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