eXXpedition Round Britain 2017

by eXXpedition C.I.C in Plymouth, Devon, England

We did it
On 1st July 2017 we successfully raised £15,692 with 169 supporters in 28 days

Circumnavigation of British Isles by sail, trawling for plastics and toxics, raising awareness of ocean plastics pollution in 7 shore stops

by eXXpedition C.I.C in Plymouth, Devon, England

New stretch target

If we make our goal of £10,000 all subsequent funds raised will be used to

1) support education and outreach activities by our youth engagement partners Kids against Plastics. 

2) fund additional art activities in each port

3) provide support for international experts to present at our events

The funding raised through this initiative will be used directly for public outreach and engagement in the series of ports we will be visiting.  Your generous support will help us cover the costs of venues, travel costs for land-based support, materials for activities like the beach clean-ups, and science equipment. None of the funding from this crowdfunding initiative goes towards the costs of crew members onboard the vessel or the vessel operating costs (these are covered personally by the participants themselves). 


THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

 

Please follow our adventures this summer at www.eXXpedition.com

 

Further donations are accepted here 

 

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ROUND BRITAIN CAMPAIGN

 

The problem of marine plastic pollution


Microbeads in toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning products, single-use packaging, water bottles, nurdles, persistent organic pollutants found in most everyday products are devastating in their effects on oceans, ecosystems, aquatic life, mammals – and us.

"In the ocean, plastic debris injures and kills fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Marine plastic pollution has impacted at least 267 species worldwide, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species and 43% of all marine mammal species. The impacts include fatalities as a result of ingestion, starvation, suffocation, infection, drowning, and entanglement."

We are building on this growing awareness by researching and publicising what is to be found in the waters closest to our home in the British Isles, where we swim, surf, sail, snorkel and fish.

eXXpedition Round Britain 2017

Our project will

  • Highlight the extent of the pollution all around the UK through sampling
  • Highlight how purchases of single-use or unnecessary plastics contribute to the problem
  • Provide opportunities for discussion of purchasing choices with communities around Britain, connecting to personal and environmental health and to disposal and recycling
  • Connect with NGOs and community groups to join up dots and support each others campaign goals to STOP OCEAN PLASTIC
  • Provide opportunities to discuss devolved policies with UK governments

Where?

We sail from Plymouth on 8th August on Sea Dragon, a 72 ft yacht equipped for scientific research. Over 30 days we will carry out the first continuous trawl for plastics and toxics in UK waters sailing over 2000 miles of the UK coastline. Our voyage takes us into the heart of the four UK capitals, as well as Arran, in the Clyde, and Stornoway.

Sailing into each capital city draws attention to individual national policy-making roles. We will talk to politicians and media, and involve the public in seeing our trawl results, engaging with these under-researched and under-talked about issues. We will link this plastics sampling to narratives of ecosystem and personal health and the products we consume.

Our activities

Onshore activities in every port will include citizen science workshops, film screenings, school visits, creative art and storytelling events, beach cleans, engagement with local academic communities, campaigning community groups and local politicians and media.

Part of global scientific studies

Data from our manta trawling and beach surveys & clean up activities will be fed into wider global 'Citizen science' studies. Water samples will be collected and analysed for the presence of toxics and microplastics by Dr Jenna Jambeck, University of Georgia, a leading authority on marine debris reaching the oceans worldwide and crew member on eXXpedition Atlantic 2014. We are also collaborating with Professor Richard Thompson at Plymouth University for sample analysis. 

What we will do

  • bring together an all-women crew – scientists, artists, journalists, businesswomen, filmmakers, activists and educators – to create a Round Britain story about women in science, research, sailing and adventure.
  • add data and footage to the worldwide data set on plastics and toxics in the ocean, especially around Britain.
  • engage with communities through public workshop, giving information about the implications of ocean pollution, from making everyday choices to political action for a cleaner, healthier environment.
  • participate in beach clean ups and arrange series of public events to showcase the issue.
  • broaden awareness of the unseen - plastics and toxics; disease; women as changemakers.

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Activities in each port

Plymouth - 7th August 2017

  • Launch reception hosted by Plymouth University
  • Launch of the month long project researching plastic debris in the harbour
  • beach clean

Cardiff - August 10th and 11th

  • Storytelling evening with Sea Dragon crew
  • film showing
  • launch dwrdimplastig
  • Kids against Plastic event - youth education outreach

Belfast - August 14th and 15th

  • Interactive displays, both science and creative art, venues near Harbour Marina
  • beach clean
  • meetings with media and politicians

Arran - August 17th

  • Beach clean up with project partners COAST
  • Storytelling and music event: Women and the Sea at the PHT
  • High School visit - scientific work in labs
  • Interactive workshop with microscopes and creative work with plastics at Lifeboat Station, Lamlash
  • Kids against Plastic event - youth education outreach
  • meetings with politicians and media

Stornoway - August 21st

  • beach cleaning
  • interactive workshops and displays at An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway
  • storytelling evening - at An Lanntair

Edinburgh - August 25th and 26th

  • Reception at Holyrood 12.30 - 2.30, 25/8
  • Interactive display at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre with Leith Labs
  • Kids against Plastic event with Leith Labs - youth education outreach
  • Arts and science immersive event  at ASCUS labs
  • Beach cleans with Marine Conservation Society

London - 29th August until 1st September 2017

  • Sea Dragon sails up the Thames and through Tower Bridge to City Hall
  • Fish survey on slack tide
  • Kids against Plastic event on Pier house - youth education outreach
  • Flotsam weaving workshop with renowned artist Jo Atherton
  • Welcome reception on Tower Pier at Totally Thames festival 
  • Sea Dragon open day for public viewing
  • Storytelling event at Greenwich Maritime Museum
  • Artist Maria Arceo installation with plastic recovered from the Thames tide line

Plymouth -  4th September

  • Return to harbour
  • Beach Clean
  • Assessment of a month's worth of waste collected in Plymputh harbour during the Round Britain circumnavigation and creation of unique artwork
  • Film showing

Disclaimer: Events and timings subject to change. 

Lets change policy!

Long-term change requires action at all levels, personal, local and political, from consumer decisions to local policies and national policy changes. This voyage will speak to people in ways that engage at all these levels, by giving information, inspiration and encouragement.

Next steps

After the voyage we will continue our engagement with the issues, now armed with the story of our voyage, with film, photographs, writings, artwork and blogs – and with data. The 24 adventurous women from all backgrounds who have cared enough to make this voyage, on one, two or three legs, will be eXXpedition Ocean Ambassadors, carrying back an experience that will have changed them forever.

Don't worry - you are not funding a holiday!

The funding raised through this initiative will be used directly for public outreach and engagement in the series of ports we will be visiting.  Your generous support will help us cover the costs of venues, travel costs for land-based support, materials for activities like the beach clean-ups, and science equipment. None of the funding from this crowdfunding initiative goes towards the costs of crew members onboard the vessel or the vessel operating costs (these are covered personally by the participants themselves). 

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OUR fabulous REWARDS

Example of the plastic debris art to be used on eXXpedition customised products

 More pictures coming soon!

Save

This project has been approved for funding through the Heritage + The Crowd match funding. It has received a bridge of 50% towards its fundraising target from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Enjoy receiving a virtual 'High 5' video message from Amy and Ella, founders of Kids Against Plastic, as a way of saying thank you for supporting Exxpedition's important mission. The girls' video message will be shared on social media channels such as: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A thank you eXXpedition postcard sent from the Round Britain route from one of our crew.

£7 or more

£7 Reward

An organic cotton Tote bag with eXXpedition branding and artwork print made from plastic found on beach clean ups. Using a reusable bag could save 500-700 plastic bags (source: plastic pollution coalition).

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Customised stainless eXXpedition water bottle. 500ml size decorated with artwork made from plastic debris collected from beaches.

£15 or more

5 of 50 claimed

£15 Reward

An activism pack for families and kids, to help them take action against disposable plastic. The pack contains leaflets, information, step-by-step guides and more - all that's needed to help cafes become Plastic Clever (meaning they reduce the amount of single-use plastic they use). The pack is supplied by Kids Against Plastic (Round Britain ambassadors), who're campaigning against disposable plastic because of its negative environmental impact.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A 10 pack of artwork cards designed by eXXpedition Round Britain Artist in Residence Deborah Maw. Perfect as a collection for framing or for sending a message to friends and family.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Organic white eXXpedition branded T-Shirt with beautiful image of a Sea Dragon made from waste plastic scavenged on a beach clean on the back. Made especially for eXXpedition Round Britain.

£40 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£40 Reward

Stornoway: Enjoy a personalized 30 minute tour of Sea Dragon for your group of four when she calls into port at Stornoway on August 21st. Learn about the vessel's capabilities for remote sailing, her naturally low environmental footprint, and the specialized science equipment aboard. Tours limited to 2 groups. Travel to port not included. Time of tour to be arranged.

£40 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£40 Reward

Edinburgh: Enjoy a personalized 30 minute tour of Sea Dragon for your group of four when she calls into the Port at Leith on August 26th. Learn about the vessel's capabilities for remote sailing, her naturally low environmental footprint, and the specialized science equipment aboard. Tours limited to 2 groups. Travel to port not included. Time of tour to be arranged.

£40 or more

3 of 4 claimed

£40 Reward

London: Enjoy a personalized 30 minute tour of Sea Dragon for your group of four when she calls into port at London on August 31st. Learn about the vessel's capabilities for remote sailing, her naturally low environmental footprint, and the specialized science equipment aboard. Tours limited to 4 groups. Travel to port not included. Time of tour to be arranged.

£40 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£40 Reward

Cardiff: Enjoy a personalized 30 minute tour of Sea Dragon for your group of four when she calls into port at Cardiff on August 11th. Learn about the vessel's capabilities for remote sailing, her naturally low environmental footprint, and the specialized science equipment aboard. Tours limited to 2 groups Travel to port not included. Time of tour to be arranged.

£55 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£55 Reward

A classic duffel made from genuine sailcloth, with top of the line hardware and trim, including marine grade zippers. Get a lifetime of use from this high-quality and stylish design perfect for boat, beach, or gym, with just the right amount of space for a change of clothes and small necessities.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

Our Ambassador pack of rewards. A tote bag, water bottle, T-shirt, Stickers and artcard pack along with 'Kids against plastic' advice on how to be 'PLASTIC CLEVER!'

£75 or more

2 of 9 claimed

£75 Reward

Invitation for one person to one of 3 eXXpedition receptions, either in Plymouth (August 7th), Edinburgh, Holyrood (August 25th) or London Thames Pier (August 30th). Travel not included.

£150 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£150 Reward

Book Amy and Ella - founders of Kids Against Plastic - to come and give a keynote at an event you are holding. Their keynote will include a passionate and inspiring talk, Q&A session, as well as a live acoustic performance of 'See the sea as beautiful'. Ideal for schools or corporate events looking to inspire, inform and ultimately change behaviours to help create a positive impact on the environment and contribute towards the UN's Global Goals.

£300 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£300 Reward

Weekend (3 nights) on Isle of Arran for 4 people in October in modern beachside house, with wood burning stove, large garden. Subject to references.

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

Sponsor a trawl onboard Sea Dragon. Receive a commemorative certificate with details of where your trawl was taken along with the results. Crew will make a short video with a thank you which you will receive after the eXXpedition.

£500 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

Book one of our founders for a corporate presentation of the work of eXXpedition. You will also receive a commemorative certificate, mentions on social media and content for your website.

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