Solutions for ocean pollution, and ocean health as a whole, can oftenbe 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.
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.