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Review for Algalita Marine Research and Education, Long Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was raised in the country of NYS where my father was a teacher, conservationist, fisherman, and all around outdoorsman. He could have become a very wealthy man, but turned down an opportunity to work in the beginnings of the plastics industry. As an adult, I questioned where all this plastic stuff was going, the stuff we have been buying and discarding over the past 50 years. My father had planted this seed in my mind. I started writing about simpler living in 2002 and avoiding bottled water in 2005. When I met Charlie Moore in the spring of 2009 at the Encinitas Library, I realized that we had been on parallel paths for the past decade... he had actually been swimming in the gyre, while I had been writing about what I knew in my gut had to be a serious concern for the planet, and its inhabitants. How amazing it was to have my intuitions validated by the work of this dedicated pioneer in marine research! I instantly became a fan. A year later I joined his board. I continue to write and speak, promoting ways that we as individuals and consumers can address our plastic addiction.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes, I have in many ways considering how small it is.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire a fundraising professional.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being on the cutting edge of this important research with such dedicated people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

humble and caring and smart.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really make a difference!

Ways to make it better...


In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising the funding required to continue the research and education on this issue.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Charlie Moore is a national treasure!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I knew it in my gut!.