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.