"Annie Crawley has that contagious spark of energy and enthusiasm that motivates everyone to learn. As a lecturer at the junior high, high school and teacher workshop levels, her amazing collection of underwater photography and video combined with her immense knowledge of marine biology and environmental issues creates mesmerizing presentations, She makes the material relevant, engaging, and exciting. Annie exposes you to the magical world of the ocean, then truly inspires you to take better care of it." Maureen O’Hagan Santa Barbara High School
An Expedition to The North Pacific Gyre Otherwise Known as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch & Other Hot Environmental Topics including The Gulf Oil Crisis
“Let’s talk trash,” Annie Crawley captivates her audience with the first three words. Many people look at “garbage” and “trash” as dirty words, yet Annie knows they need to be discussed as the average person creates one ton of trash a year. “How many times in the past week have you thought or said, ‘Oh, just throw it away?’ Well what if you realized, there is no away, everything goes somewhere,” Annie Crawley explains. Incorporating science, basic oceanography, geography, marine biology, journalism and storytelling, she takes you on an adventure to discover how plastic was invented and the impacts it has had on our society. Scientists discovered and have been studying an area of the Ocean 1,000 miles off shore where waste accumulates in the North Pacific Gyre, more commonly known as “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Annie Crawley spent 22 days at sea documenting this area for Project Kaisei aboard the SEAPLEX cruise with Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Annie takes you on a journey so you too can understand the potential effects marine debris has on the largest ecosystem in the world, and ultimately us.
"Our environment is a reflection of who we are as a society. In order for there to be a true shift in how we treat our environment, we need to change the way we view our world." -Annie Crawley
Annie Crawley speaks on many environmentally hot topics. If you would like a speaker on the Gulf Oil Crisis, Plastic & Pollution, Coral Bleaching, or Ocean Acidification, she is a popular environmental speaker at science and journalism conferences as well as on high school, University and College campuses. Here you will find more than two dozen videos from the SEAPLEX expedition to The North Pacific Gyre with Project Kaisei. Project Kaisei was awarded the Google Earth Hero Award in 2009 for their work trying to find solutions to plastic in the Ocean.
Let’s Talk Trash
Annie presents, “Let’s Talk Trash” to 3-4 grades, 5-8 grades, 9-12 grades, College/University Campuses, Corporations, empowerment tracks, and to groups or organizations concerned about our environment. Annie weaves a story of hope including a call to action through public awareness, corporate and policy change.
As a disposable society with a permanent material, more than 11 billion tons of trash enters our Ocean every year and 80% comes from land. Scientists discovered an area of the Ocean 1,000 miles off shore where it accumulates in the North Pacific Gyre. For the past ten years, Dr. Charles Moore studied this area termed “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” now many more are studying this area and the other four gyres that are accumulating waste. After the first rains of a season, if you head to river mouths around the world, you witness a stream of debris entering our Ocean. The Ocean has become a sea of plastic. Unfortunately, for all the miracle qualities of plastic and how this invention changed our lives, plastic is permanent. Plastic does not biodegrade, but only photo-degrades. Plastic loses its elasticity, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces, but never disappearing. The chemicals upon the debris and attracted to this plastic may have dire effects on all animals, the food chain, and ultimately us. The creation of plastic uses a natural resource, oil. The amount of oil used to create plastic water bottles in a year could fuel one million cars. Plastic is a product of oil and we have become a society dependent upon both plastic and oil.
This seminar gives you the experience of being aboard a scientific expedition, traveling with 8 scientists studying the increasing accumulation of plastic in our Ocean. The photos, videos and stories from the expedition give you first hand accounts of one of the increasing problem within the largest ecosystems on our planet.
“How many times in the past week have you thought or said, “Just throw it away.” What if you have a mind shift and realize there is no “away.” The average person produces more than one ton of trash every year and all of this waste goes somewhere,” Annie Crawley delivers a presentation full of passion realizing the majority of our population is detached from the Ocean. She bridges gaps of understanding of why the health of the Ocean needs to be a priority to our society. “The rivers and lakes are like the arteries and veins on our planet and the Ocean is like our heart. We need a healthy Ocean. All of us depend upon her for our survival. Our oxygen, food, water and weather are all controlled by the Ocean. Everything we do on land affects our Ocean.” The scientists aboard the expeditions out to the North Pacific Gyre studied fouling communities, bioaccumulation, bacteria, phytoplankton and deep sea animals. You see manta nets, bongo nets, a CTD, wet lab and the Ooseki Net in action. You learn about scientific inquiry and you are encouraged to draw your own hypothesis on what will happen if we continue.
Annie Crawley spent 22 days at sea without seeing land, documenting this area for Project Kaisei aboard the SEAPLEX cruise with Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Responsible for photos, video, writing, editing and documenting the cruise, this multi-media presentation delivers a look at the increasing problem we have with pollution on our planet. "It has been said that all pollution is water pollution and everything goes down stream." Annie challenges listeners to look at their lives differently and shares hope together with possible solutions.
“’We cannot solve the problems of today with the same mentality that created them.’ Albert Einstein said that and he was right! We are facing a situation right now that needs public awareness to drive corporate and policy change. The three are intertwined.”
The SEAPLEX and Kaisei expeditions, supported by Project Kaisei worked on developing a baseline study of the area. Let Annie take you on a journey 1,000 miles offshore to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch so you too can understand the potential effects marine debris has on the largest ecosystem in the world, and ultimately us. She will describe to you what the scientists found, what science is working on discovering today, and what every single one of us can do to help look for solutions.
Scientists aboard also collected deep sea animals and a giant squid.