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Table of Contents
Foreword by Carl Safina
Preface: Out to Sea
PART I: The Missing Plastic
Chapter 1: Welcome to the Gyre
Chapter 2: Below the Surface
Chapter 3: The Ocean’s Canaries
Chapter 4: From Ship to Shore
PART II: Little Poison Pills
Chapter 5: Pick Up the Pieces
Chapter 6: Troubled Waters
Chapter 7: The Plastic Within Us
PART III: People and the Plastic Industry
Chapter 8: Welcome
Chapter 9: Plastic and Our Warming World
PART IV. Solutions
Chapter 10: Cleaning It Up
Chapter 11: Closing the Loop
Chapter 12: Circular Thinking
Conclusion: Giants Do Fall
Acknowledgments
Notes
About the Author

About the Author

Erica Cirino is the Communications Manager of the Plastic Pollution Coalition and the author of Thicker Than Water (Island Press, 2021). She has spent the last decade working as a science writer, author, and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds.

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"This book will take you on a globe-hopping journey to meet the scientists and activists telling the real story of the plastic crisis....an eloquent call to arms because we can only fix the problem if we know its full scope and then completely turn our backs on the throwaway culture."-- "Coast Magazine" "Erica Cirino traveled 10,000 nautical miles to bring readers an up-close look at plastics' full scope, from the open sea to communities protesting more plants and more pollution. Cirino compellingly narrates the complexities of plastics' unfolding history, as communities, states, and nations figure out how society might change its relationship to this enduring material."--Rebecca Altman, PhD, writer and environmental sociologist "In Thicker Than Water, journalist and photographer Erica Cirino steers us through the true scope of the plastic pollution crisis. Cirino is a talented, lyrical writer who gets her hands dirty"-- "TNC's Cool Green Science" "Timely... strikingly evocative... Thicker Than Water [is] so distinctive beyond the litany of grim statistics and accounts of plastic pollution and its impacts across the globe."-- "UnDark" "Thicker Than Water takes you on an engaging journey through the many challenges of plastic pollution and diverse emerging solutions. Told through Erica's own personal experiences of epic sailing adventures at sea and connections made on land, it's a comprehensive guide to the plastic problem and what can be done to tackle it."--Emily Penn, director of eXXpedition "As I travel around the world aboard SeaLegacy 1, I can see with my own eyes the crisis Cirino so eloquently describes in the pages of Thicker Than Water. The ocean plastic pollution problem is solvable and it will require us to understand how it came about and who the culprits are. Thicker Than Water is an engaging narrative exploration of an issue that affects us all."--Cristina Mittermeier, cofounder of SeaLegacy "By moving the plastic crisis documentation from theory to activism and community impact, [Cirino's] book documents environmental injustices, national choice and their impacts, and the connections between racial prejudice and contamination, offering new insights into all these topics."
-- "Donovan's Literary Services" "In this time of multiple environmental catastrophes, you can superficially Google and despair or you can dive deep, inform yourself, and find your point of entry into meaningful action. Erica Cirino's Thicker Than Water very much belongs in the latter camp. It really is the book you need to read if you want to understand ocean plastic pollution but also be part of the solution."--Paul Greenberg, bestselling author of 'Four Fish and The Climate Diet'

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