Our adventure has never been just about the physical and mental challenge of the row. Central to our mission is using the row to make a difference. Ocean conservation combines our shared passion for the environment with our love and respect for the sea. The more we have learnt about the threat of plastic pollution, the more we realised there was an urgent need to act and raise awareness.
As a team of rowers, we are all passionate about the waters of Spain, and coming from teh mediterranean coast, we have the luxury of having stunning beaches on our doorstep.Unfortunately plastic pollution has become synonymous with all of our favourite coastal activities – from surfing to swimming, beach holidays to wildlife watching – it is simply an expected part of our experience.
We are committed to the preservation of the seas and oceans, which is why we collaborate with the NGO Surfrider Foundation Europe, of which we are ambassadors.
Also, through the “Ocean Schools” project, we approach the youngest, and talk with them about the values of ocean rowing, the current issues that threaten the seas, and what we can all do to mitigate and solve them.
This programme educates the next generation on why plastics are harmful and teaches practical ways to reduce plastic consumption.
Number of bottles dumped in the ocean (since you’ve been on this page…) (contador)
Without significant action, there may be more plastic than fish in the ocean, by weight, by 2050.
Each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean- that’s the equivalent of 6,341 plastic bottles every second. Once in the ocean, it’s broken down and ingested by fish and marine mammals, killing them and entering our food chain and tap water.
The team are aiming to raise significant funds for SurfRider Europe, a leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife – and who is spearheading the fight against plastic pollution in Europe.
We want to bridge the gap between awareness and action when it comes to plastic pollution, and spread the word to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle.