It’s pretty easy to disconnect from the impact our plastic habit has on the environment. But when you find yourself swimming in floating bits of garbage (as I did last summer in Far Rockaway), or you see an image like the one above, the impact is immediate and unavoidable. To learn more and bring awareness to this global problem, an international team of scientists, artists, an educator and a film crew will set sail this June in Alaska to explore the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (a marine-based deposit of trash estimated to be the size of Mexico). The crew will observe, document and collect marine debris that will be used in Gyre, an exhibition"”including sculpture, paintings, photography, multimedia installations, and science and educational interpretation"”at The Anchorage Museum in 2014. Keep up with the project or donate here.