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Lecture: Voyage of the Plastiki

31 May 2013

How do you raise awareness of the 73.9 million pounds of plastic floating in our oceans? One option, as experienced by the speaker at this lecture, is to build a vessel out of 12,500 two-litre plastic bottles, call it Plastiki and sail it 8,000 nautical miles from San Francisco to Sydney.

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On March 2010, the Plastiki set off from San Francisco to cross the Pacific Ocean with a crew of six: British skipper Jo Royle, co-skipper David Thompson, expedition diver Olav Heyerdahl, filmmakers Max Jourdan and Vern Moen, and expedition leader David de Rothschild.

Its mission was to raise awareness of environmental issues relating to global warming and acidification of the sea, and to draw attention to the millions of people who are being made homeless by rising sea levels caused by climate change and marine pollution.

On Thursday 6 June, as part of the UCL Global Citizenship Programme, Jo Royle will share her experiences as Plastiki's skipper and the global issues highlighted by the journey with an audience of students and staff alike.

Jo is co-founder of Common Seas, a community interest company working towards helping fisheries to flourish. She also consults on the strategic direction of the Pig Shed Trust, a philanthropic fund committed to reducing mankind’s impact on the sea, as well as working to ensure a sustainable healthy source of food for a growing global population.

Independently and as a member of the Robertsbridge Group, Jo embarks on journeys with organisations to develop sustainability strategies. Through tasks such as reality-checking, stress-testing and risk-mapping she works to understand and then reduce the impact a company has on the environment.

The lecture is open to all and will be held on Thursday 6 June from 5pm-6.30pm in Room 1.03, Malet Place Engineering. Booking is not necessary.

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