2017, 2016


Falmouth, UK


Empowering Ocean Changemakers

Solutions for ocean pollution, and ocean health as a whole, can often be challenging to implement if there is little public engagement on the issues. The best results come from those who passionately work to protect what they love, and often have had first hand experiences.We need a network of inspiring leaders to engage their communities, cultivate solutions and take action that results in less pollution in our ocean. The sailing community, boat owners and regular water-users  have huge potential for becoming the best advocates for promoting a healthy ocean. However, while many are willing and excited to ‘do something’, not all of us know the reasons why our ocean is in trouble, the options we have for protecting it and how to instigate change.

eXXpedition, in partnership with Pangaea Explorations, runs sailing expeditions all over the globe connecting people – scientists, artists, journalists, educators, policy makers and so on – with critical ocean challenges, primarily ocean pollution. The guest crew leave the vessel charged, transformed and ready to create change. eXXpedition saw an opportunity to harness this energy of not only their crew members, but the sailing community at large, to become Ambassadors on the issue of ocean pollution, to carry their knowledge and passion home, and make an impact in their communities.

Through this grant, the eXXpedition team is developing the resources and training required to empower individuals to be the agents for change and start tackling the issue of ocean pollution locally. These resources can be found at

  • Develop an online toolkit and platform for the public to engage their personal networks on the issue of marine debris. Toolkit will include content, presentation slides, fact sheets, videos, and resources to help raise awareness on the issue, and tools to help identify how we can all become ‘change makers’ and reduce plastic pollution.
  • Conduct in-person trainings at sailing events, races, and other forums and multiple online webinars on marine debris and sharing the toolkit of resources and solutions.
  • Conduct social media campaign to promote toolkit and raise awareness to the issue of marine debris throughout the world, including focus areas for 2017 expeditions: Caribbean; Bermuda; U.S. Great Lakes, the EU; and the UK.

About eXXpedition

eXXpedition was formed in January 2014 as a series of all women voyages exploring the impact and scale of plastic and toxic pollution in our bodies and in our oceans using a unique and adventurous approach, tackling the questions from all angles – using science, communications, education, sport – to find answers. eXXpedition designed a series of global sailing expeditions where novice sailors, who are highly skilled professionals from a range of disciplines, go out into an extreme environment to explore the problem and develop solutions.

The mission of eXXpedition is to explore the issue of plastics, chemicals, endocrine disruptors and carcinogens in our personal and global environment that can cause disease. Our aim is to engage women in scientific narratives relating to the consumer choices they make, and their long-term health impacts on themselves and our environment.

Along an eXXpedition voyage the crew sample the ocean for plastics and pollutants, feeding these samples to wider studies investigating the impacts of toxins and plastic pollutants and linking this sampling to narratives of ecosystem health, personal health and the products we consume.

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