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Plastiki - the book of a very Green adventure
Sun, 21 Apr 2013
Sail-World Cruising followed Plastiki's crossing of the Pacific with six crew with regular updates. They weren't fast, in fact she sailed like a dog, but she was made of recycled material and owner David de Rothchild, sailor, explorer and global green leader was not out to go fast, he was out to make a point.
The point was to draw attention to the gross waste and pollution of the Western world, and in this he succeeded brilliantly - now there is the book.
In it he recounts the extraordinary Pacific-crossing voyage of the Plastiki, an innovative and mostly untested sixty-foot sailing catamaran that floats on 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles.
It was a voyage that took de Rothschild and a five-person crew 10,000 miles from the U.S. to Mooloolabah and then Sydney. They had sailed through rarely traveled, dangerous waters, risking their lives to call attention to our fragile oceans and arriving triumphantly into Darling Harbour, where they were greeted by a huge media contingent and a large public crowd.
Their exploration included urgent study of ocean pollution, island nations threatened by rising seas, damaged coral reefs, and the acidifying ocean itself and their discoveries are a call to action.
Packed with exciting narrative, images, maps, journal entries, plans, and sketches, this is the only firsthand account of what was an extraordinary achievement in an untested vessel. When they began, no-one actually knew if she would make it across the Pacific.
Banking heir David de Rothschild is a man devoted to his passion for making the world take notice of the creeping dereliction of the natural world. He is the founder of Adventure Ecology, an organization that harnesses the power of dreams and adventures to urge us to move toward a smarter and more sustainable way of living.
In 2006, de Rothschild spent over 100 days crossing the Arctic, becoming the youngest British person to reach both geographical poles.
He has been named a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a UN Environment Programme Climate Hero.
When not adventuring somewhere, he lives in Los Angeles.
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