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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

Certification: None


Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; not available to non-members

Group Registration: 

Raveena Manhas-Tamoria, University of York

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.

The Student Affairs Lecture Series in Archaeology (SALSA) provides an opportunity to hear student members present on their current research as well as a space to discuss and connect with other students.