We Attend the Latest, Strangest Press Conference on David de Rothschild's Plastic Catamaran So You Don't Have To
Today was the latest media event hosted for the still-distant voyage of the Plastiki, whose anticipated launch has been pushed back to an undeclared date sometime before the end of the year. We can't help wondering if de Rothschild, who resembles an impish reincarnation of Jesus, is pulling everyone's leg with this thing. The press conference, held at the newly opened "Plastiki Mission Control" center at Pier 45, saw him in high spirits, pointing out on a graphic artist's rendering of the boat -- which is still under construction -- a pair of exercise bicycles that will also, apparently, generate electricity. "We were worried about getting chicken legs," he said.
|De Rothschild explains, sort of|
|Plastiki "Mission Control" is now open at Pier 45|
"We're looking at the Plastiki, not to vilify the material, but to understand it."
"The idea was to create an emotional map across the Pacific." (On a NASA-designed biometrics system that will track his crew's heart-rates.)
"Rather than taking a plastic item and throwing it out, we want to take a plastic item and have it become the food or the metabolism for something else. [Pause.] I wouldn't say the food, exactly."
"You go down to Los Angeles -- I was down there looking at some waterways -- and I cannot tell you the amount of plastic bags in trees."
"I trained as a natural-medicine doctor. I'm interested in, 'We are what we breathe and we are what we eat.'"
"A lot of the green groups are very alienating. They are very exclusive. They are very guilt-mongering."
Hear, hear, Monsieur de Rothschild. If you and your floating recycle bin ever disembark, we hope you make it to the other side.