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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

When Moby-Duck author, Donovan Hohn, heard about the mysterious loss of 28,800 bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers and read up on Arctic science and geography. Little did he know that he would be pulled into the mixed-up worlds of renegade beachcombers, Alaskan non-profit politics, Chinese toy manufacturers, and a massive environmental problem.

Moby-Duck reveals the huge amount of plastic pollution in our oceans. A core vision at CEC is choosing ‘eco-smart products’ to help minimize our fossil fuel consumption. Plastics are among the most fossil fuel intensive products being manufactured today. Single use plastic bags and water bottles are used for a very short time but the environmental impacts can last for decades, particularly when they end up in our oceans. You can help stem this tide by bringing your own bags whenever you shop and carrying reusable water bottles and coffee cups.

The “UCSB Reads” program is promoting Moby-Duck on campus and has given away over 2,000 copies. “Santa Barbara Reads” is also featuring the book in the city’s library branches. Local universities and libraries are organizing activities designed to expand readers’ understanding of the book and the questions it raises.

The Community Environmental Council is proud to be included in upcoming panel discussions about the effects of plastic pollution and what we can do to help reverse the trend. The program culminates on Monday, March 5 at UCSB’s Campbell Hall with a lecture featuring the book’s author. Local libraries are stocked up with several copies of the book so check one out and join the conversation!

Schedule of events:

  • SBCC Library: Wednesday, February 15 at 3pm*
  • Montecito Library: Wednesday, February 15 at 6pm
  • Solvang Library: Thursday, February 16 at 6pm
  • Carpinteria Library: Tuesday, February 21 at 6pm*
  • UCSB Davidson Library: Wednesday, February 22 at noon*
  • Goleta Library: Tuesday, February 28 at 6pm
  • Central Library: Wednesday, February 29 at 6pm
  • Eastside Library: Saturday, March 3 at 11am
  • Campbell Hall, UCSB: Monday, March 5 at 8pm, author lecture (free)

*CEC present on discussion panel

You don’t have to read the book before attending an event! For more information go to

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