Marcus Eriksen is the cofounder and director of research for the 5 Gyres Institute, with firsthand experience from more than twenty ocean-crossing expeditions, and he has written and published research on the impact of plastic pollution in the world?s oceans. He is the author of My River Home- A Journey from the Gulf War to the Gulf of Mexico.
"Eriksen succeeds in dramatizing a significant problem and enlisting popular support, noting some immediate steps that can be taken to create recyclable products...The thrills and chills of rafting packaged with a compelling call to action."
"Eriksen's work is a much-needed wake-up call for the public to pressure politicians to finally tackle an often-overlooked but deadly form of pollution."
"Junk Raft is a stimulating, thought-provoking and factually grounded read."
"This book combines many of my favorite things--adventure far from shore, the spirit of exploration, and the fight to save our oceans--all in a gripping narrative that's also a parable for our time. In the battle for the future of our living world, Marcus Eriksen is a true warrior."
--James Cameron, filmmaker and deep-ocean explorer
"Navigating between an epic seafaring adventure and an activist's environmental distress call, Junk Raft serves as a reflection of the choices and journeys that each of us makes and helps us understand how plastic in the oceans is deeply intertwined with the future of human life. Eriksen gets at the heart of what it means to respond to environmental catastrophe on our imperiled planet. As Marcus's wife, Anna, puts it so memorably, 'Love creates justice.'"
--C line Cousteau, documentary filmmaker, artist, and environmental activist
"Marcus Eriksen and I share the same struggle, namely, to draw back the plastic curtain in order to subdue the monster that the plastics industry created. Junk Raft is filled with adventure, romance, and important truths that will be needed by the thousands of groups who will eventually overcome the beast. This book heralds the beginning of a new field of scientific research, adding fuel to movements dedicated to the survival and liberation of the natural and human worlds."
--Captain Charles Moore, author of Plastic Ocean and founder of Algalita Marine Research and Education
"When the junk raft was originally making its crossing from California to Hawaii, it was big news for ocean lovers around the world. It's exciting to now be able to read such a personal account of these adventures, exploring the thoughts that were going through Marcus's mind, and the daily challenges that arise when taking a journey as monumental as this one."
--Jack Johnson, musician and clean-ocean activist
"Junk Raft takes us on an exciting and quixotic voyage of exploration, adventure, and activism, and along the way, Marcus Eriksen somehow manages to turn his cutting-edge research into an engaging love story. Don't be fooled by the title--Eriksen's Junk Raft carries a treasure chest full of adventurous stories, wise insights, and valuable lessons on how to protect our oceans."
--Stuart H. Coleman, author of Eddie Would Go and Hawaii manager of the Surfrider Foundation