Plastic Landscapes in the Hawai'ian Islands: Coastal Heritage Under Threat [SALSA]
When: February 14, 2024 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Duration: 1 hour
Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; not available to non-members
Coastal communities around the world are facing unique threats due to worsening impacts of climate change. Marine debris, including plastic pollution, is a threat exacerbating climate change impacts and should be considered everyone’s problem. This research explores how archaeology and cultural heritage methods can be used as tools to understand and manage marine debris in the Hawaiian Islands. By applying cultural heritage concepts to this research, an appreciation for how entwined history and ecology are to the landscape are highlighted. With its close vicinity to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Pacific Rim, as well as impacts emanating from tourism, there is a real threat to Hawaiian coastal landscapes. This lecture aims to discuss social perceptions, risks, impacts, and wider challenges associated with marine pollution.