It’s one thing to be concerned about plastic waste in the ocean, and an entirely different thing to sail to the middle of the Pacific and see it for yourself. That’s the mission of eXXpedition, which is an all-female sailing project, bringing attention and helping understand the effects of ocean plastic. The tragedy of ocean plastics is entirely preventable, and speaks to the throwaway nature of our society, which thinks that out of sight is out of mind. Thankfully, there are determined, hardworking folks that want to change that mindset, and bring attention to this global crisis.
The current mission for the organization is exploring the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific, sailing all the way from Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia. That’s over 3,000 nautical miles, and weeks in the open ocean. It’s a brave and pioneering journey, and we’re thrilled to have a close friend aboard the Sea Dragon sailing vessel for the expedition. You can see the live GPS tracker of the trip here. Amazing, inspiring work.
EXXPEDITION NORTH PACIFIC 2018 IS A PIONEERING ALL-FEMALE SAILING VOYAGE AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH MISSION THROUGH THE NORTH PACIFIC GYRE. THE AIM IS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF, AND SOLUTIONS FOR, THE DEVASTATING ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH IMPACTS OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC AND TOXICS IN THE WORLD’S OCEANS.