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FCC club lunch with Doug WOODRING and Karin MALMSTROM

Date: 10 Nov 2009 01:00 PM — 02:00 PM | Venue:

Co-Founder, Project Kaisei


Topic: Capturing the Plastic Vortex – Project Kaisei

Project Kaisei Co-Founder Doug WOODRING and FCC member Karin MALMSTROM will speak about their experience of 21 days in the North Pacific Gyre (the “Plastic Vortex”). Last August, Project Kaisei sent two research vessels into the gyre in order to study the plastic debris that has converged there and explore ways to remove some of it. This debris is caught in a large circulation of currents that spreads thousands of miles. Via a new alliance with Project Kaisei and one of the leading ocean institutions in the world, Scripps Oceanography, Doug and Karin were on board the Scripps vessel New Horizon, while the tall ship Kaisei also went into the gyre.

Learn about their initial findings, see some of the debris, watch fantastic footage of what they discovered, understand why this has an impact on our lives and what solutions can be devised based on this knowledge.

Doug is an environmental and technology entrepreneur. Prior to working with startups, he created a framework for a global environmental technology fund at Merrill Lynch. He consults for new environmental technology companies including wave energy, wind and living vertical green walls. Doug is the chairman of the Environmental Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He has a BA from UC Berkeley, an MA in Environmental Economics from Johns Hopkins (SAIS), and an MBA from Wharton.

Karin’s professional careers include photojournalism, strategic communications, brand development and government affairs. An avid adventurer, she has scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Himalayas (Bhutan) and worked on vessels in the Galapagos, along the China Coast and Yangtze River.

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