Join experts for a panel discussion of plastic pollution, one of the most significant environmental problems facing our oceans, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14 at the UCLA Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater.

The event is the latest in “The Next Wave,” a yearlong series presented by the Hammer and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) that calls attention to the quality, quantity and accessibility of water in the 21st century. 

Panelists will include Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres, a nonprofit focused on restoring healthy, plastic-free oceans; Rachel Doughty, a lead attorney at Greenfire Law; and Sarah Sikich of Heal the Bay, a nonprofit working to restore Santa Monica Bay. Mark Gold, IoES director, will moderate the discussion, which will look at the impact of plastic debris on ocean wildlife, coastal economies, fisheries and human health, as well as California’s current legislative initiatives to reduce the sources of plastic pollution and the controversies that surround them.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and available at the Hammer Museum box office one hour before the program. One ticket per person; first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended.  Hammer members receive priority ticketing and can choose their seats, subject to availability. For more information, visit the Hammer Museum website.