Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats of our lives and environment. We see pictures and hear stories every day about whales washed ashore with hundreds of kilos of plastic in their bodies and seabirds choking on pieces of plastic bottles. Every year millions of tons of plastic end up in the seas and oceans through rivers and streams, and a big percentage of it breaks down by the waves and sunlight into small pieces called micro-plastic, which, due to its tiny size, easily spreads across the world's oceans.
These micro-plastic particles are pushed around by winds and oceanic currents, and eventually, they end up in one of the five ocean gyres. These gyres are slowly circulating the floating plastic pieces and particles which can be so small that it's nearly impossible to see them.
These are also a great threat for marine mammals, fish and seabirds, as they easily confuse the microplastic for food.
Here are some facts and figures to imagine the scale:
● 8 million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the ocean each year
● Only 9% of plastic is recycled globally
● We use over one million plastic bags every minute worldwide
● By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish
● Many chemicals found in plastic have been linked to disease, and are found to be contaminating our bodies through food and other plastic consumer products
The aims of eXXpedition, the Community Interest Company behind Round the World 2019-2021, is to collect samples, explore the scale of plastic pollution and the available solutions and to facilitate collaboration opportunities between the diverse crew of women on the sailing trips.
With an all-women sailing crew, the aims of the Round the World voyage is to support solution-based science, to inform and educate people so they can better understand the problem of microplastic, and to create a community of change-makers to stop plastic pollution back on dry land.
"We are part of a greater system – not above, beyond and outside it. If the ocean flounders, so will we. It’s environmental preservation, but self-preservation too."
- Laura Coleman, Director of Onca -
I'm a practical meets highly sensitive person, what in my case means that I try to see the best possible outcome of situations and believe in the unlimited potential of the human mind to create and innovate.
I think there is no issue on this planet that we caused and we can’t solve. I would love to do something about it and be the part of team eXXpedition to understand and communicate the essence of the problem of plastic pollution.
And here is where I need your help. I’m raising funds towards my contribution fees that include boat maintenance, professional crew and food over the 8 days of my voyage.
All money raised over the amount that covers the contribution fees will be donated to eXXpedition to support further scientific researches.