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Microplastics are everywhere. They are one of the most damaging materials we have allowed to seep into every corner of the natural world - ocean, soil, air - and are one of the least visible.

On Beat Plastic Pollution Day 2021, join Museum scientist Alex McGoran, ocean advocate Emily Penn and Museum ambassador David de Rothschild in conversation and discover what impacts microplastics are having on the planet, where they come from and what we can all do to stop more from spreading across the world.

About the speakers

Alex McGoran is an environmental scientist and postgraduate researcher based between the Natural History Museum and Royal Holloway, and is an expert in microplastics in water sources. Her work focuses on the impact of microplastics on the native and invasive wildlife of the Thames Estuary. She is a published scientific author and has been interviewed about her work by the BBC, and presented her work to the WWF, New Scientist, Evening Standard and Daily Mail.

Emily Penn is an ocean advocate and skipper who has spent the last decade exploring plastic pollution from the tropics to the Arctic. She's the co-founder of eXXpedition, a series of all-women sailing voyages investigating the causes of and solutions to plastic pollution. Back on land, Emily recently launched the SHiFT Platform, helping people navigate hundreds of impactful solutions to ocean plastic pollution to find the ones that are best for them.

David de Rothschild is a leading environmental advocate, Museum ambassador and founder of the Voice of Nature Foundation. In 2010, he led the Plastiki expedition to raise awareness of oceanic plastic pollution, sailing from San Francisco to Sydney on a fully recyclable catamaran made of reclaimed and recycled plastic. In 2022, Voice for Nature are bringing the Plastiki to the UK to shine a light on the latest material innovations and best practices to help beat plastic pollution.  

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