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Connecting with Nature – GCT webinar hosted by David de Rothschild

A chance to participate in the Galapagos Conservation Trust’s ‘Connecting with Nature’ webinar, hosted by David de Rothschild.  The webinar will take place on Thursday 13 May at 6pm (UK time)
The Event:

Voices of Sustainability by the Zayed Sustainability Prize – 29/04/2021

David de Rothschild accepted an invitation to speak at the second episode of Voices of Sustainability by the Zayed Sustainability Prize, which aired on 29 April 2021 under the theme “Protecting biodiversity and why it matters”.  The webinar was a huge success and the video has been watched over 10,000 times on YouTube.  Well worth checking out.

 

Earth Day 2021

It’s time for a new narrative.
One that shows us what’s possible.
That articulates how we thrive not just survive.
We need to harness our creativity.
It’s not just our intelligence that makes us creative,
it’s our passion,
our imagination,
our empathy,
our innovation.
It’s our ability to harmonize the relationship with technology, Nature, and us.
We have the playbook. We just need to use it.
It’s time to give Nature a voice. 

Voice for Nature Foundation x The Lost Explorer Mezcal 

To mark Earth Day, we are delighted to announce a long-term partnership with The Lost Explorer Mezcal x Voice For Nature Foundation to advance a more sustainable and socially conscious mezcal industry, starting in our own backyard. We have begun their endeavor by consulting with expert advisors in creating an open-source exchange of sustainability best practices, which we hope will inspire further conversations and action within all industries that touch mezcal production.  As we embark, we look forward to sharing this journey with you. We intend to be both the student and teacher as we do our part to work toward a more environmentally sound world. #celebratetheearth
To learn more, check out The Lost Explorer Mezcal

Ocean Heroes Caribbean Bootcamp

Friends of V4NF – Ocean Heroes Network – is collaborating with
Caribbean youth and NGOs to launch the first ever REGIONAL Ocean Heroes Bootcamp.

With the goal of engaging young people from across the Caribbean to develop campaigns for the health of our ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Young people aged 11-18 in the Caribbean who are passionate about
the future of the Caribbean should apply here

Plastiki Ocean Artivism Prize and Plastiki Ocean Awareness (Activism) Prize

What do you get when #OceanHeroes harness their ingenuity and creativity for artivism and activism+awareness? Award-winning ideas.

Our foundation @avoicefornature teamed up with @oceanheroeshq and @lonelywhale to provide six Ocean Heroes $500 grants for their inspiring work as young change-makers and their dedication to environmental activism.

Check out @oceanheroeshq to find out about the winners of The Plastiki Ocean Artivism Prize and Plastiki Ocean Awareness (Activism) Prize!!!

 

Winners Selected in Plastiki Artivism and Awareness Contests!

The Ocean Race Summit 2020 – Wed 16 September – Virtual

David will be speaking at The Ocean Race Summit 2020 taking place virtually from Newport, RI tomorrow – Wednesday 16 September 2020 – exploring the challenge of restoring ocean health and abundance.  David will be part of an all-star line-up of diverse, international speakers, change-makers and advocates, and more than 500 registered participants

The focus is on developing and sharing solutions via an innovative and interactive online platform that maximises guest participation and engagement.

Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. 05 November, 2017

More info on www.theoceanracesummits.com and The Ocean Race social media channels.
#theoceanracesummits and #oceanlife

Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants

David de Rothschild is reliving the Plastiki Expedition via a live virtual event on 17 September 2020 as part of the Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants lesson events: Sign up to be part of this event:

September 17, 2020

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm EST

David’s adventurous spirit, passion, and commitment to action have sent him to some of the world’s most remote and fragile regions in order to bring widespread media attention and, moreover, solutions to urgent global environmental issues. In the summer of 2010, de Rothschild embarked on his most challenging and high-profile adventure yet, the Plastiki. The Plastiki set sail on an ocean adventure over 8,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Sydney. The Plastiki was no ordinary vessel. The 60-foot catamaran was built from approximately 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles and a unique recyclable technology called Seretex. This distinctive, one-of-a-kind construction demonstrated that the list of solutions available is far greater than the list of problems. The Plastiki created a platform to fuel conversation and shift public thinking and perception from plastic as the enemy to plastic becoming part of the solution. The mission: to beat waste. The adventure set the stage for a historic expedition and delivered a spectacular global “message in a bottle.”

Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers and conservationists by bringing science, exploration, adventure and conservation live into classrooms through virtual speakers and field trips with leading experts across the globe. Since starting in September 2015 the organisation has run close to 2,000 live events and connected hundreds of thousands of students to scientists and explorers in over 80 countries. Best part of all, it is and always will be free for classrooms everywhere! Each month during the school year the organisation hosts 30-50 live virtual events for classrooms.

New technology is opening up countless opportunities in the fields of science and exploration and these experiences are able to inspire students while exposing them to important issues, amazing places, exciting role models and new career paths.

David de Rothschild | Plastiki

United World Challenge

Tez Steinberg’s team have posted the first update on Tez’s row – some four weeks into the adventure:

“Tez is now officially one month into his row. He has faced some unexpected challenges, like his phone resetting in his pocket on day 2 leaving him with no music or audio books. He was battling against a strong current dragging him in the wrong direction for what felt like forever, as well as bad weather and high seas. His rolling seat was also malfunctioning, leaving him to figure out a solution without the equipment he needed to fix it properly.

But just as you’d expect from this tenacious and crafty mer-man, he has so far been able to surmount all of these challenges, dig deep and find a way around them. For more amazing insights into his solo journey rowing across the Pacific Ocean, we highly recommend checking out our Story Map, which has lots of pictures, video and Tez’s written musings.”

Plastiki – 10 Year Anniversary

26 July 2010 saw the arrival of the Plastiki into Sydney Harbour.

Ten years on, the story of plastics in the oceans is mainstream – solutions for eradication or at least management of the problem are emerging.

The Plastiki’s story is fascinating and inspiring and you can relive it all here

The story is not over – Plastiki is now in the UK preparing for another adventure!