Exxpedition: The all-women voyage exploring the impact of plastics and toxics in our ocean

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”

Baba Dioum
Photo credit: (c) eXXpedition / Jen Russell – North Pacific 2018 Hawaii to Vancouver

ARE YOU READY TO FOLLOW MY ADVENTURE WITH THE BIGGEST PLASTICS POLLUTION RESEARCH MISSION IN THE WORLD?

If you’re still wondering what this “adventure” is all about, take a minute and visit the project website here: https://exxpedition.com

Two things I never thought I would do: design a website on my own or sail to The Galapagos collecting ocean plastics. But here I am. And I am so excited! On January 28th, 2020 in Panama City, I will board a 70-ft research ketch [ https://exxpedition.com/about/the-boat/ ]with 7 other women who were selected to round out this all-women crew of scientists, doctors, engineers, educators, and artists. We will be led by a few sailing and research experts (also women) on a 10 day sailing trip to San Cristobal, Galapagos. While at sea, we will use a manta trawl to collect ocean plastics and have a lab station on board to analyze its components. The crew will also be having round table discussions on the findings, brainstorming ideas, and sharing our knowledge to form a unified approach to solutions. At our starting and ending ports, we will collaborate with other experts and members of the local community to address their concerns and help develop solutions. There are 30 legs total, spanning around the world in 2 years. The organization interviewed many, and then hand-picked 300 women from a huge pool of applicants. I still can’t believe I made the cut! The outreach will be ongoing following each crew member’s journey. Coming from so many different corners of the globe, as well as different professions, our reach will be far and wide. I can’t wait to be a part of this incredible mission!

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