A sailor who investigated the world’s largest accumulation of marine plastic by carrying out scientific experiments on the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in July is now inviting applications for an all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission.
Emily Penn will lead an expedition to circumnavigate the globe with the aim of raising awareness of the environmental and health impacts of single-use plastics.
The crews will explore plastics and toxics in the ocean, sailing through four of the five oceanic gyres and the Arctic.
The two-year voyage, which sets sail in October 2019, will be split into 30 legs, with 10 sailors on each.
“The plastic pollution challenge our ocean faces is a global one and it will take an inspired army of passionate, skilled and experienced people to tackle it,” says Ms Penn, who co-founded eXXpedition in 2014.
“This is our biggest project yet and by far the most challenging. We’re looking for amazing women with a passion to protect our ocean to come forward to join us.”
Ms Penn says that sailing experience is not important. “We’re trying to find solutions from every angle. We need designers, creatives, policy-makers. It’s a struggle to find someone who couldn’t play a role.”
For more details go to http://exxpedition.com/